Iniesta has been Barcelona's most important player, says club chief Bartomeu
Iniesta has been Barcelona's most important player, says club chief Bartomeu
END OF AN ERA: Iniesta confirms Barca exit
30 April, 2018, 01:35
A glittering career at the Camp Nou saw Iniesta win a stunning eight La Liga titles, four Champions leagues trophies and a further six Copa Del rey cups. With Barcelona, he's become an eight-time (soon to be nine) La Liga champion, six-time Copa del Rey victor and four-time Champions League victor.
Instead he confirmed that this would be his last season at Barcelona at a press conference held at the club's training ground, with the first team in attendance.
The midfielder is expected to move to Chinese Super League club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, with their president Gong Daxing recently announcing that they are in negotiations with the midfielder. It's a hard day for me.
However, Iniesta knocked back the suggestion his departure could finally signal the end of an incredible era of success on the Catalan coast: "I have no doubts that the club can keep going at the same level and winning things in the future". For me, Barca is the best club in the world - this club has given me everything. He's set to play at this summer's World Cup. "I know what the responsibility means to be captain at this club".
Iniesta joined Barcelona's youth academy when he was 12.
He then conjured a late goal in the World Cup final to hand Spain the coveted title in 2010.
Iniesta is likely to win his 35 medal when Barcelona wrap up the Primera Divisón title in the coming weeks before he moves on. "And we will know everything else at the end of the season".
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"To play with Messi has been and still is an honour and a privilege", Iniesta said.
He went on to say: "I want to thank the club and La Masia for all they have given me because I am what I am in part because of them".
Iniesta is considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
18 - Iniesta was 18 years and 170 days old when he made his Barca debut in a Champions League clash with Club Brugge on October 29, 2002.
Iniesta is still playing regularly for the La Liga outfit.
Barcelona will never forget you, Iniesta.
At his peak, Iniesta was a symbol of Spanish possession-based football and to this day, many maintain he should have won the Ballon D´Or in 2010, when he finished second to Lionel Messi.
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