A radical football fan would always suggest that the current generation of fans could not be any less privileged to witness superlative performances day in day out put in by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

An apparent normalcy would take over the realm of the game again past their departures. While, to this, nobody could disagree, I personally believe that there exists another player who graces the great game with his performances which often go unnoticed and it is beyond comprehension to understand why he’s not looked upon as one of the bests. He's a man capable of breaking down an entire team with his wit and exceptional ability to read the game. His ability to read a game is second to none. We talk of none other but Sergio Busquets.

In the modern era of fast paced football, he comes from an extinct species. The lad, who made it to the Barcelona B squad in the 2007-08 season, had broken into the national squad in less than a year. Within a year of his arrival, he had already proven his mettle to have displaced Marcos Senna from the national squad, who was instrumental in the Euro 2008 victory of the national team. 

This was the beginning of a player, who could arguably be considered the smartest player ever. Beyond an ordinary man’s scope to think, a defensive midfielder can also be of pivotal importance in the attacking section of the game.

Unlike many in the same position as him, Busquets is not the fastest of players, nor is he running around the entire 90 minutes, nor is he making career ending tackles on opponents. He is just a step ahead of the opponent’s attackers with his ability to read the game. He has mastered the art of being at the right place at the right time so well and puts it to best use when opposed by a counter attack.

In contrast to many who stutter against pressing, the unreal part of Busquets is put on display for the world to cherish. Recently, Steven Gerrard came out saying it was a waste of time to press him as he would beat you without breaking a sweat. Johan Cruyff once said, “Positionally, he seems like a veteran with or without the ball. With the ball he makes what is difficult look easy: he disposes of the ball with one or two touches. Without the ball, he gives us a lesson: that of being in the right place to intercept and running just to recover the ball." This statement was made when Busquets had just broken into Barcelona’s main team. You know we are talking of one of the best when the legendary Dutchman approved of him.

The dominance of Busquets in the central area is of paramount importance to a team of Barça's stature. The Catalan side are clearly overdependent on the Busquets. Whenever he either doesn't feature in a game or once in a blue moon, he fails to make an impact, Barça seem to be lost in the central region. He is the backbone to the very prominent midfield of FC Barcelona. 

Another reason the Cules rate him so very highly is how efficient he is and how he steps up on the biggest occasions. Clear examples of the same are the El Clasico and the recent game against Chelsea, where his dominance was clear and nobody came close to him in the midfield. Sergio Busquets is the fulcrum about which our game revolves.

The footballing gods must have been quite cruel to let this man stay away from the lime lights for this many years and for the years to come. Busquets is the best of footballers to go completely unnoticed. For the majority of which is because statistics don't hail in his favour nor does the media. 

His lack of scoring ability, which is quite obvious and understandable, let him remain in the dark for ever without the score sheet suggesting his sheer dominance for the 90 minutes of the game. His existence in the trident of Barcelona's midfield is the epitome to advocate the brilliance of this man. 

The debate regarding the best footballer now is a mere delusional debate. The actual debate is whether Busquets is the smartest player to grace the footballing world.