Gaizka Mendieta during his heydays was one of the most commanding central midfielders on the planet. Having started his career in the lower divisions of Spanish football, Mendieta’s immaculate technique and creativity along with an innate tenacity and desire to win the ball back made him one of the most well-rounded central midfielders at the turn of the century. This made him a cornerstone of the Valencia team which was one of the best sides in world football in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. His performances earned him a big money move to Lazio in Italy when he became one of the most expensive footballers in the world and his career would be further enhanced with spells in Barcelona and Middlesbrough. Mendieta was also a key element of a very good Spanish side which though failed to win trophies at the grandest stage but paved the way for the upcoming Golden generation. In Mumbai to promote La Liga in India, Mendieta catches up with Sportswallah to discuss how the Spanish league can grow in India, his nation’s chances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the eternal debate revolving around Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.