Phil Neville: Forget Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets is Barcelona’s true unsung hero

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Former Everton star Phil Neville was full of praise for Barcelona star Sergio Busquets.

Former Everton star Phil Neville has told the BBC that Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is the player that makes them tick, labelling the defensive midfielder an 'unsung hero'.

When thinking of the Catalans’ better players, observers worldwide will naturally plump for the 122-goal attacking trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

Aside from these three, Andres Iniesta and Xavi have also been recognised as key cogs to Barcelona's success, with fellow pundit Jamie Carragher labelling the latter the best midfielder of his generation.

However, during Barca’s Champions League final success over Juventus, former Toffees ace Neville believes one player has been significantly overlooked and cited his noteworthy contributions.

"Busquets is the unsung hero of Barcelona. He's the engine that makes everything tick. He never takes more than one or two touches, he just sits in there and lets the others play,” Neville explained.

Busquets made his first league start for Barcelona in 2008 and was selected to start his team’s 2009 Champions League final victory over Manchester United.

Fast forward six years and he has five La Liga titles to his name, three Copa del Rey successes, three Champions Leagues, two European Championships with Spain plus a World Cup winner's medal.

Playing alongside such great players means the 26-year-old rarely gets the recognition he deserves, but without doubt he is one of the best defensive midfielders to have ever graced the game.

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