Rodri is one such name, having had enormous success at Etihad since joining Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019.
The midfielder has made over 150 competitive appearances for Manchester City since then. In light of his recent success at the club, Manchester City superstar Phil Foden has recently heaped praise on his teammates, with a special mention of Barcelona legends Xavi and Iniesta.
Speaking to the Manchester City press, Foden compared Rodri’s play style to a combination of Xavi and Iniesta due to their all-around abilities in the middle of the park.
“Rodri is a mix of Xavi and Iniesta: he dribbles like Iniesta and passes like Xavi,” said Foden, who is looking forward to working with the Spanish international in the upcoming 2022/23 campaign.
Rodri, though, may have to deal with additional competition in the Manchester City setup this summer, following the addition of Kalvin Phillips.
The English international is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the country, with many even dubbing him the “Yorkshire Pirlo”. His qualities in the middle of the park could potentially challenge Rodri, although Pep Guardiola would ideally prefer both the players to start.
Nevertheless, Foden’s comments on Rodri are certain to draw many eyebrows, especially among Barcelona fans. But whether or not the Spaniard truly has the traits of both Xavi and Iniesta remains to be seen, especially with the World Cup also just around the corner.