Few footballers start and end their careers with one club. Sergio Busquets is one such name who started his career in Barcelona and still plays for the club. Busquet nicknamed Octopus is a Barcelona legend who plays as a central midfielder. The World Cup winner is known for a calm style of play in football. He belongs to the golden generation of Spanish football. He has won four Laliga titles and two Champions League with Barcelona.
Moreover, Sergio’s style of play makes him stand out the most in Barcelona. The low-scoring midfielder’s impact on the game of Barcelona is there for everyone to learn. In this article, we will present you with the inside story of the one-man club. Let’s get into it.
Sergio Busquets known as Sergio Busquets Burgos was born on 16th July 1998 in Sabadell Barcelona. He was born to his father Carles Busquets and his mother Loli Burgos in Catalan city. He belongs to the second generation of footballers in his family. His father played professional football with Barcelona. His father Carles played as the second-choice goalkeeper for Barcelona. Sergio’s dad remained loyal to Barcelona despite getting fewer chances.
Sergio played football from an early age in the neighborhood alongside brother Aitor Busquets. Moreover, it was Sergio’s father who urged him to play football. Carles could not make it big in professional football so he wanted his son to play for Barcelona. Therefore at age 7, Sergio joined local club Badia before moving to CEF Barbera Andalucia in 1996.
Moreover, Sergio joined the academy of Lleida after his father left Barcelona. He rose above the youth ranks becoming the club’s best youth player. He then got scouted by FC Barcelona academy La Masia.
Style of Play
Sergio plays as a central or defensive midfielder. He helps to set the tempo of the game for the team. Sergio is a hardworking player who excels at intercepting loose balls, tackling, ability to read the game, sharp vision for the passes despite the slow pace. For instance, Spanish manager Del Bosque praised Busquets saying “If you watch the whole game, you won’t see Busquets but watch Busquets and you will see the whole game”.
Moreover, Busquets was the key member in the success of Pep’s Tiki-Taka style of play. He channeled the likes of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar up front. The 33-year-old midfielder alongside Xavi and Iniesta frustrated teams throughout Europe. Also, Busquet’s dynamism on the field suits him with the young Spanish squad. In addition, he earned praise from Messi who explained his style of play saying “When there will be trouble, Busquets will always be there”
Sergio is not married yet but lives in a relationship with Elena Galera. The couple started dating in 2014 and have been together ever since. His wife worked as a nursing assistant previously. As of now, she is an internet star and popular face on Instagram.
Furthermore, the couple was blessed with two children Enzo Busquets and Levi Busquets. Sergio brings his family during award nights and events. Also, before dating Elena, Sergi stayed in a relationship with an unknown girl named Vanessa Agulera.
Sergio started his career under Pep Guardiola in the B team. He made his first-team debut for Barcelona as a substitute in the Copa Catalunya. He started by playing 11 in his first match in Laliga against Racing Santander. Pep preferred him over Yaya Toure due to which he appeared in almost every crucial match. As of now, he has played over 600 games for Barcelona from 2008 to now. During this time, he won 8 Laliga titles, 7 Copa del Rey, and three Champions League.
Similarly, Sergio has been successful with the national team. He made his debut with the senior squad against England in 2009. Since then he played over 100 games for the national team and won the prestigious World Cup in 2010. Also, he won European Championship in 2012 and the UEFA nations league runner-up in 2020-21.