Why Xavi Has Been Barcelona's 2nd-Best Player Behind Lionel Messi This Season

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Why Xavi Has Been Barcelona's 2nd-Best Player Behind Lionel Messi This Season
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Xavi celebrates after scoring against Paris St. Germain in this season's UEFA Champions League

Xavi Hernandez i Creus is the footballers' footballer. A player of such craft, grace and guile that fellow professionals are always fulsome in their praise of a footballer who is arguably the finest midfielder of this, and perhaps any other generation.

Whilst Lionel Messi inevitably steals the headlines, his FC Barcelona teammate revels in the role as the conductor supreme, beautifully arranging this Blaugrana orchestra to produce ever-greater masterpieces.

FC Barcelona 2012/13 are a football team bursting with established stars who are playing at the peak of their powers. At the heartbeat of this Catalan tour de force is a 33-year-old magician with vision beyond compare.

A simple pass-and-move metronomical process that is repeated each week with verve, tenacity and accuracy is the hallmark not only of this entire Barcelona team, but of the Xavi as an individual.

Let's take a look at why I believe that Xavi, the embodiment of the modern-day footballer, is second only to Lionel Messi in terms of who has been the best player for FC Barcelona this season.

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