Arthur expesses admiration for Xavi, Messi

LEON, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Arthur of FC Barcelona in action during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Cultural Leonesa and FC Barcelona at Estadio Reino de Leon on October 31, 2018 in Leon, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Barcelona midfielder Arthur has heaped praises on club Legend Xavi while admitting he is his role model.

Arthur was signed from Gremio in July and has since been a starter following an impressive run of form.

“I’ve always admired him,” Arthur told Brazil’s TV Globo via Xinhuanet in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

“Everything he did I try to do the same. He is a phenomenon. But there are things that you cannot do the same, no matter how hard you train.

“I’ve always admired his style of play. It is much more cerebral than anything else. These virtues, these qualities, I’ve always tried to bring into my own game.”

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Arthur, who debuted for Brazil in September 2018 also expressed his admiration for Barcelona teammate and Argentina Captain Lionel Messi.

“When you see him train you to understand the dimension of what Messi is,” the 22-year-old said.

“He does things that nobody else can. Generally, when you’re going to defend against a player, there are maybe two possibilities. With Messi, there are 15 or 20 because he has so many resources.”