30 April, 2018
Together with club legends Xavi and Messi, Iniesta formed the fulcrum of the all-conquering Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola which mesmerized world football with their famous tiki-taka brand of football. After a period of 16 long seasons with the club that witnessed him lift an astonishing total of 31 trophies, including 8 La Liga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League titles.
"I think he really deserved to win the Ballon d'Or when he won his World Cup, he had an exceptional year and he finished the World Cup by winning it, by scoring (in the final), so obviously that year he would have deserved it".
He has been rated by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paul Scholes as one of the greatest footballers of all time. "The people believes the manager had the players but he helped me to understand the game better". "I don't know him well but I only have good words for him and I wish him all the best as a player and as a person". "I know what the responsibility means to be captain at this club".
He would not be short of suitors this summer among the world's elite clubs but Iniesta said he will leave Europe.
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Iniesta has been one of Barcelona´s key players this season, but he was determined to go out at the top.
Iniesta scored the winning at the 2010 World Cup and was part of the Spain sides that won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
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.
"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. Iniesta reiterated he will never play against Barcelona, adding "all scenarios not in Europe are possible".
Guardiola's Barca team, which won La Liga three times in a row between 2009 and 2011, as well as the Champions League twice, enjoyed Iniesta at his mesmorising best.