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Guardiola: Busquets is the best

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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets is the best in the world at his job.

The 23-year-old is often overlooked for praise in a side that boasts superstars such as David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and FIFA World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi.

But, after taking the plaudits from Spain boss Vicente del Bosque recently, club chief Guardiola has concurred with his international counterpart and suggested that the academy graduate is ‘priceless’ to the style of play at the Nou Camp.

"He's the best defensive central midfielder in the world. Barcelona have a priceless player," Guardiola told the club's official website.

"He's tactically very strong and will only become more important for Barca in the future. He can follow in the footsteps of Carles Puyol and Xavi. He's very humble and calm, but doesn't mind speaking up when he sees fit either.

"If I was reincarnated as a player, I'd like to be like him."

Guardiola was speaking ahead of the player’s 100th La Liga appearance, made against Real Betis in last night’s 4-2 home win, a result that closed the gap to Real Madrid at the top of the division back to five points.

And Busquets, who has won three league and two European trophies since breaking into the first team in Catalonia, was quick to pass the plaudits onto his attacking teammates following the win despite reaching his own personal landmark.

"We knew how dangerous Betis were because of last year's Copa del Rey tie. We were lucky to have scored two quick goals because they are a good team," Busquets also told the official website.

"Nevertheless, in the second half we went on the attack with more players. We were superior and managed to change the outcome of the game."

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