Originally Posted by Brwned
I wonder how Luis Enrique's seen by those not old enough to have seen him at his peak. Have to say I knew very little of him before I watched a few Barca games of Ronaldo and Figo, and I was surprised how good he was. I've still seen very little of him but I do know he was very good. And he must've played about 6 different positions in that Spanish cup final alone.
One of my concerns about playing Simeone instead of Seedorf, I end up with two non-whippersnapper-friendly midfielders.
Luis Enrique was a monster, I'm not exaggerating when I say he was "Keano with goals" (25 in 47 as a CM!, 1 in 2 in Europe throughout his Barca career). The most complete Spanish player as far back as I can remember.
There are a lot of fancy Spanish players in that time, some (less) really great at their roles and up there for WPOTY contention... But Luis Enrique could play several different roles and be immense at any one of them. Him and Keano completely redefine "big game player".
Before I get ignorants saying I'm bigging up my player I'll admit Davids was a better defensive midfielder (the best) but either of those two had it in them to match him by sheer will. Sparks will fly there.
It's a mentality thing, you compare Keano and Vieira and on paper, as an athlete and maybe even technically, Vieira was the superior player. Particularly as his best years coincided with Keano being on his way down from his peak. Yet Keano beasted him all the time, on and -famously- off the pitch.