Busquets, on the day of his debut in 2008 / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The game against Betis this Sunday was special for Sergio Busquets as he finished his 100th game for FC Barcelona in the Liga. The midfielder, with only 23 years of age, has an enviable list of accomplishments: three Ligas, two Champions Leagues, one King’s Cup, two European Super Cups, three Spanish Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

Fourth season in the first team

Busquest made his debut for the first team in the league game against Racing on September 13th in 2008, he was a starter and played the whole 90 minutes. Since then, Sergio Busquets has turned into a permanent fixture in Guardiola’s lineups. The manager’s appreciation for the midfielder is evident as Guardiola said just yesterday that “he’s the best defensive midfielder in the world. I’m with Del Bosque in that, if I were to every play again, I’d like to play like him.” He went on to characterize Busquets as a “priceless player.” Guardiola isn’t the only manager that Busquets has impressed over the years, he features in Vicente del Bosque’s national side lineups on a regular basis.

He was key in Guardiola’s Barça B

Sergio Busquets arrived at the Barça reserves in the summer of 2005 from Jabac. He played a couple of seasons with the U17 A side before moving up to Guardiola’s Barça B. He was one of Barça’s key players in Barça B's category-promotion season to Segunda B. After that season, he played for the first team in the Copa Catalonia in the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons.