"When Leo Messi retires Neymar will take him over, he will be the best player in the world, I have no doubt"
The season is about to end. Only the Champions League final is left and if Xavi plays, this will be his last match with FC Barcelona's jersey. Less than a week is left for the game against Juventus and the captain talked for UEFA. In this interview he assessed some of his teammates. He said Busquets would be his natural successor and that Neymar would become the best player in the world. Here you have it:
"I did not know him and had never seen him play. I think it was a good signing by (Andoni) Zubizarreta (Former football director). Even an excellent choice as he could be Barcelona's goalkeeper for 10, 12 or 15 years. I have never seen such a skilled goalie with his feet."
"He's a friend and also a strong inspiration. It is extraordinary the way he has adapted to the style of Barcelona. He's smart, he's a complete leader on and off the field. It is a model for the club. Perhaps he has not grown here but it's as if he had been trained in Barcelona's Academy."
"He's a great friend. For me he is the best left back in the world, I have no doubt. He is a particular player, a born winner, has an incredible personality that allows him to adapt to play for Barcelona. He has a very strong personality. He can become a great leader if he keeps that way."
"Pique is a natural leader, either on or out the pitch. He has once again become the best center-back in the world because he had set this goal. He worked really hard in the preseason. He is 28 and he still has four or five years at a very high level left in Barcelona. He is also one of the key players in the squad and during games. Our team is very strong defensively thanks to players like Piqué and Mascherano, obviously."
"He's fantastic. I think he is the most talented Spanish player of all time. He is an extraordinary player, with a wonderful personality and a big heart. He is the best when treating people. He's a leader. He is always ready to receive the ball, never hides. It is an absolute pleasure to have spent so many years with him."