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Iniesta vs. Xavi: Who's More Important to Barcelona and Why?

BR - In 1999, Xavi Hernandez was named as La Liga's breakthrough player of the year. Little over a year later a skinny 16-year-old called Andres Iniesta turned up, in a somewhat bewildered state, for a training session with the FC Barcelona first team.

In what has now become a famous quotation, Josep Guardiola turned to his then colleague Xavi and said "You're going to retire me. This lad is going to retire us all."

Now, Guardiola doesn't get many things wrong, but while he was overwhelmingly right in his assessment of the young Iniesta, he may have jumped the gun with his—albeit tongue in cheek, no doubt—suggestion that Xavi would be forced into retirement.

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