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Andres Iniesta: Barcelona has given everything to me

28 April 2018, 08:20 | Kristopher Drake

Instead the title went to his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi for his second of five titles

Instead the title went to his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi for his second of five titles

Speaking during a farewell press conference on Friday, the 33-year-old, reaffirmed the fact that he won't play in Europe.

The playmaker has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League when his time at Nou Camp ends and he ruled out a move to another European club. "And that is all I have tried to do, to be both the great player and the great person that this club deserves".

"If I had imagined finishing my career here, it would have been like this, feeling useful, feeling important and still winning titles".

He will be part of the Spain team at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, after which he is set to retire from worldwide football.

With social media now awash with tributes to the Spain worldwide, Barcelona have trumped them all with this offering, a timely reminder of just how brilliant Ilusionista has been over the past 21 years.

Barcelona victories in the 669 games he has featured in.

Ask any Barcelona fan what their favorite goal is and more than likely Iniesta's dramatic stoppage-time strike that stunned Chelsea in the 2009 Champions League will be mentioned.

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It would secure a domestic double in Iniesta's farewell campaign, after a thumping win over Sevilla clinched the Copa del Rey last weekend.

"I could spend so many minutes talking about what Andres Iniesta means to Barcelona and football", he told reporters.

"There are things to talk about, things to finalise", he said. "I want to thank the club and the "Masia" (the Barca youth system) because if I am here today it is thanks to them", said Iniesta, who also thanked his teammates, saying it was "incredible" to be alongside with them every day. His former midfield partner Xavi Hernandez joined Qatari side Al-Sadd in 2015 after leaving Barcelona.

"I need to thank him because he helped me to understand the game better - just watching him, what he does on the football pitch".

Bartomeu said Messi was the best player in Barcelona history for his goals and unmatched talent, but he has plenty of praise for Iniesta, too.

Ferdinand, who is now a analyst for BT Sport, hung up his boots in 2015 but clearly holds Iniesta in high regard, as does the rest of the footballing community.



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