Originally Posted by ArteEtLabore14
It usually does. Messi is the superstar, but Xavi is the engine that powers the Barcelona machine. He is their most important player, and without him they would not be nearly as good as they are.
Word. Xavi is the metronome of this team (see: two key assists vs. Madrid)
I'd go so far as to say he's the most underrated player in the world. Since he isn't the one making the goals, but making the pass that makes goals, he's never in the conversation as world's best.
Given this year's form, I'd most definitely put him above CR9 in the convo (Messi, Rooney, Xavi)
My personal hate for him aside, Ronaldo has been a joke this year. He can score against small Spanish teams but has done nothing in big games (See: vs Barcelona twice and CL round of 16 vs Lyon)