Xavi Hernández was already earmarked as Guardiola's replacement as soon as the then-18 year old emerged from the Barça youth set-up ten years ago.
A decade later, Xavi has already stamped his mark as a Nou Camp legend similar to that of Guardiola and the latter has now paid the ultimate compliment to the Euro 2008 MVP.
"Xavi is a player who has the Barcelona DNA: someone who has the taste for good football, someone who is humble and someone who has loyalty to this club," Pep explained, when asked to debate who is the better footballer between the two.
"From the first moment I saw him play, I knew he would become the brain behind Barcelona for many years to come.
"He plays very, very well... much better than I ever played even when I was at my best," the coach enthused."