The brilliance of Javi Martinez

Plus: Xabi Alonso, Jose Mourinho and the disgrace of Granada

Updated: May 9, 2012, 1:53 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

Long before it became clear that Carles Puyol injured himself this past weekend against Espanyol and was going to miss Spain's attempt to retain the European championship, it was also clear that Athletic Club's Javi Martinez doesn't know his own value.

I was standing in the upstairs lounge of the Hotel Barcelo down in Malaga a couple of months ago, ahead of Spain's defeat of Venezuela, waiting for my interview with David Silva, when about 30 feet away, Martinez was giving ...

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