Sander Berge was a huge fan of Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta growing up, it has emerged in a report from The Times.

The impressive piece by Times journalist, Gary Jacob, details the life of Berge and how, eventually, he came to be a club-record Sheffield United signing.

There are some wonderful exerts in the piece. Nods to Berge’s youth as a basketball player and how his former manager compares him to Patrick Vieira are just two of the more interesting points to digest.

Sander Berge

Sander Berge idolises both Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, it is also interesting to read the Berge was indeed a Barcelona fan. Growing up around the time of the Catalan giants’ dominance in Europe in the early 2010s, it is little surprise, then, to learn who he admires.

Both Busquets and Iniesta were integral parts of the Barca squad under Pep Guardiola. Both of them Spanish internationals, the pair will go down as two of the finest midfielders to don the famous red and blue shirt.

There are signs, too, that Berge tries to use some of what he will have seen. At Genk, Berge played a deep-lying midfield role, much like Busquets. At Sheffield United, Berge is operating as part of a midfield three to the right. Again, this is similar to the position that Iniesta adopted while at the Nou Camp.

High standards

In looking up to two Barcelona greats, Berge couldn’t really have picked two better midfielders to idolise. Both players are legends of their time and will go down in the history books at the Nou Camp.

Busquets and Iniesta in action against each other. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

If Berge can emulate just an ounce of the success Busquets and Iniesta have had, he’ll no doubt retire a happy man.

Furthermore, once Berge settles into life at Bramall Lane, he should lift the entire place. His Champions League experience, obvious quality, and lofty standards of where he wants to get should all raise the tempo at Shirecliffe.

 

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