Arthur Melo and Barcelona: A match made in heaven

Once there was a pair which terrorized teams all around the World. Whether in the national team or in the club it made no difference. One of them left for Qatar from Catalonia and the other left for Japan most recently. What next for the Catalan giants Barcelona? Fear not, they have someone special again in the no.8 jersey: Arthur Melo.

Just three months into his Barcelona career, Arthur has drawn comparisons to the legendary Xavi. In Xavi, Barcelona had a pass master. It’s early to grant him the title of Xavi’s successor but the early signs are really promising. Barcelona and Arthur look like a match made in heaven as he plays like a La Masia graduate.

What makes Arthur so special? He is the type of player who can orchestrate the game from the midfield. A player who is good at passing and control the game. He can break the defense with his excellent vision of the game. He is good in protecting the play as well providing key passes. An orchestrator, a maestro and a player who is capable of pulling the strings.

Want some stat backup to assert his passing ability? Against Valencia in the league, Arthur attempted 142 which was the most by any player in an away game in La Liga since 2014. Most interestingly the man who achieved the feat in 2014 was none other than Xavi.

Usually, for a player making his start in the European league, there is always a transition associated with it. In the case of Arthur, there was nothing like that. As said above: A match made in heaven. From the Words of Xavi, “He has the Barca DNA”.

Arthur is a player Brazil needed as well. A man along with Casemiro who can rule the midfield. While Casemiro works in defending, Arthur can make plans for striding forward. With the forwards they have in their bag coupled with the excellent midfield and defense, Neymar and Co can rule the world of football in the years to come.

So despite being early, Arthur is definitely a great piece of business by Barcelona. He is set to rule the Barca midfield in years to come. A legend in making for both Barcelona as well as Brazil. At just 22, time is well in his hands. Get ready to enjoy the magic of Arthur Melo in the years to come.

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