Andrés Iniesta has decided to after this season to leave for FC Barcelona. The 33-year-old midfielder is sixteen years after his debut in the main looking for a new challenge.
Iniesta made the news on Friday announced at a press conference. His departure does not come as a surprise, because Spanish media reported earlier that the Spaniard his homeland after this season, would leave.
“It is very difficult for me to get the club to say goodbye where I my whole life have spent. I’m all for a large part formed by Barcelona and am the club is very grateful,” said an emotional Iniesta.
It is not yet known what the midfielder after this season is going to do. It seems impossible that hats off to another European club, because he has for some time been associated with a transfer to China.
With the departure of Iniesta loses Barcelona one of the best players of this century. The midfielder, who 22 years ago started in the youth academy, made in 2002 under then-coach Louis van Gaal his debut at Barcelona and gold not long afterwards, as a fixed value in the Catalan team.
In sixteen years conquered Iniesta 31 prices with Barcelona, including eight league titles. ‘El Blanquito’ won also four times the Champions League, three times in the world cup for club teams, three times the European Super Cup, seven times the Spanish Super Cup six times and the Copa del Rey.
The performance of Iniesta in Barcelona earned him in may 2006 a place in the Spanish national team, where he so far 129 international matches played. In 2010, he helped Spain at the expense of the Netherlands to the world title by extending the winning hit, and in 2008 and 2012 if he is also European champion with his country.
Although Iniesta for many years an important link in the team of Barcelona, he is never by the FIFA awarded the Golden Ball. The midfielder was voted best player of Europe.
The chances are that Iniesta his victory list this season is still expanding, because Barcelona is on the point to be champion. The team of trainer Ernesto Valverde has no less than eleven points ahead of closest enemy Atletico Madrid and Sunday with a victory at Deportivo La Coruña the title grab.
Barcelona was hoping this season for the first time since 2015 the Champions League to win, but the leader in Spain in the quarter-finals surprisingly eliminated by AS Roma.