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Arthur Melo Might Actually Be Xavi's Long Lost Son

Arthur Melo Might Actually Be Xavi's Long Lost Son

He's got a 360 degree turn to an absolute tee.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

He might be wearing the No.8 that Andres Iniesta wore with distinction for Barcelona, but Arthur Melo might just be the heir to Xavi's long lost son.

In fact, he could probably even pass for Xavi's cloned or long lost son because of the way he perfected the Spaniard's signature 360 degree turn last night.

The 22-year old, a summer signing from Gremio, used the simple but effective trick to spin away from Inter Milan's Borja Valero when put under pressure just outside of his own box. He was under total control the whole time and moved the play forward.

Arthur was playing in just his ninth game for the Blaugrana but looks like he's been there for a very long time and Barca fans already think they've found their new Xavi in the Brazilian.

Xavi, meanwhile, has paid Arthur the ultimate compliment in saying that he was born to play for Barca.

"He's (Arthur Melo) one of those players that we say has Barça DNA," he told Villa Trinidad Radio, via Squawka.

"He has all the qualities needed to be a success and if he's given games, I think we're looking at a player that can mark an era at Barcelona."

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Topics: Xavi, Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Andres Iniesta