Sergio Busquets arrived in a Spain squad that had just been crowned the Euro 2008 champions. He appeared with La Roja in 2009, as one of Pep Guardiola's bold ideas that would form part of the history he made at Barcelona.
Busquets indispensable from the off
Yet from the outset, Busquets was an undisputed starter in Vicente Del Bosque's team. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Del Bosque even appeared saying that as a player he would have liked to have been Busquets. He gave the player his full backing at a time when the debate as to whether Xabi Alonso would be better playing alone in front of the defense was intensifying.
Ahead of the Euro 2012 final, that discussion was resolved the other way around when Xavi Hernández suggested to the coach that Busquets could be the one to play on his own in the 'pivot' role, as Marcos Senna had done four years previously.
12th member of Spain's Centenary Club
'Busy' will win his 100th Spain cap against Israel. He will join the centenary club, which did not have any members in the 20th century, but now has 12 thanks to the golden generation.
Sergio Busquets will appear at the 2018 World Cup as one of the leaders of Julen Lopetegui's exciting team. Eight years after becoming the champion of the world, he wants to relieve that sensation. He can count on the experience of 100 matches. He has won everything with Spain and Barcelona. But he wants to keep winning. Sergio is a Spanish great, a centenary! Go for it, 'Busy'!