Xavi: De Bruyne Is City's Messi
Xavi: Kevin De Bruyne Is Manchester City's Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has likened Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to superstar Lionel Messi.
The Spaniard, who enjoyed many years in the heart of the Barca midfield, has compared the Belgian to his former colleague Messi, saying he is the man who can always produce the goods for the Citizens.
"Pep's teams win as teams, but even the most special sides need that player to look to when they need something special," the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner told the Daily Mirror.
"At Barcelona we had it with Messi, and this team, Manchester City, have it with De Bruyne.
"Every time he has the ball, you get the feeling that he is going to do something special with it."
Xavi also had praise for David Silva, who he believes is in the best form of his career.
"Not every game you can win 3-0 or 4-0, especially in the Champions League, and that is when you need one moment of brilliance from a special player," he added.
"David Silva is playing the best football of his career. I can see just from watching him he is learning off Pep.
"He is not a young player anymore, but when you have a player of such intelligence and such vision, it does not matter."
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