Xavi Names One Barcelona Star Better Than Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe Based on Current Form

Xavi Names One Barcelona Star Better Than Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe Based on Current Form

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:24 PM
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  • Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandes has hailed French winger Ousmane Dembele as one of the best players in the world
  • The 25-year-old winger put in a masterclass during Barcelona's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in Wednesday's Copa del Rey quarter-final clash
  • Dembele has rediscovered his best form under Xavi this season, amassing a total of eight goals and seven assists in 27 appearances

Ousmane Dembele has experienced a rebirth at Barcelona, winning the hearts of fans and management alike at Camp Nou after a tough first few seasons.

The 25-year-old was instrumental in helping Barcelona secure a Copa del Rey semi-final spot after netting the sole goal in the 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, January 25.

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Xavi says Ousmane Dembele has matured as a player and is currently one of the best footballers in the world. Photo by Soccrates Images
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Barcelona manager, Xavi is delighted with Dembele’s progress so far and has described the French forward as lethal and one of the best footballers in the world currently, Goal reports.

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"For me, he is one of the best in the world in his position. He has so much quality, but from there you have to believe in yourself. At Barca, it's important to have that mentality to believe that you can influence games."

Dembele has become a key member of Barcelona’s team under Xavi as the Spaniard has helped the 25-year-old rediscover his best form for the Catalan giants since taking over in 2022.

Dembele receives standing ovation

Meanwhile, fans at Camp Nou gave Ousmane Dembele a resounding standing ovation following his superb performance in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal victory against Real Sociedad.

The 25-year-old winger scored the only goal that sent Barcelona to the semi-final of the competition much to the admiration of the supporters at Camp Nou.

Dembele has now scored 40 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, becoming one of the Catalan club’s standout players.

Fans hail Barcelona winger Dembele

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Barcelona fans have a new superstar, and his name is Ousmane Dembele.

The 25-year-old French winger has indeed become the toast of Barcelona supporters this season following his scintillating performances for the Catalan giants.

On Wednesday, January 25, Dembele was again the star man for Xavi’s men as they secured a spot in the Copa del Rey semi-final following a 1-0 win against Real Sociedad.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..