It is natural to shower praise on Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for Barcelona's incredible results under Pep Guardiola. Everyone knows that they are irreplaceable players with unique skill sets and outstanding qualities.
What people sometimes forget is that these three magicians are supported by a cast of equally irreplaceable players whose roles in Barcelona are just as unique. It is easy to overlook the hard work that needs to be done to ensure that Barcelona play the way they do. Sometimes, a simple sideways pass is just as important as a 50-yard-through-ball that slices through six opposing players.
Here, we look at five players who are often overlooked in Pep Guardiola's team. They may not have panegyrics written for them, but they play extremely important roles without which the Barcelona system would not sustain itself. Here's to Barcelona's unsung heroes.