Andrés Iniesta is Actually Leaving Barcelona

Iniesta Announces Barcelona Departure Won’t Stay In Europe

456 - Of those 669 matches, Iniesta has been on the winning side 456 times, giving him a 68.2 win percentage.

Iniesta was born near Albacete in south-east Spain but he progressed through Barcelona's famed youth academy, La Masia, and has gone on to win every major honour in the game.

Since 2002, Andrés Iniesta would call Barcelona home.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career, winning eight La Liga and four Champions League titles, but has never claimed football's most prestigious individual award.

Spain greats Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Fernando Torres also expressed their admiration for Iniesta, while Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino - the former coach of Barcelona's city rivals Espanyol - added: "We were enemies for a while.

That's when I say to him: "Come closer", the Argentinian star was quoted as saying in Iniesta's book, "The Artist".

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The midfielder has won two European Championships with his country as well as a World Cup winner's medal in 2010, scoring the victor in extra-time in the final against the Netherlands.

However, despite rumors that he has agreed to move to the Chinese Super League, Iniesta didn't reveal his next destination, but said it will be a place outside Europe. His was also the goal that made Spain the champion of the planet for the first and only time.

"The club has placed its confidence and I have always said that if I am not able to give my all to my club that has given me everything then I wouldn't be happy".

"It would not have been possible without him so I just say "thank you" because he helped me", Guardiola said.

Last year, Iniesta signed the first lifelong contract ever given by Barcelona. They regularly applauded him when he was substituted.

Iniesta was beaten to the Ballon d´Or by Lionel Messi in 2010, despite clinching the World Cup that year with Spain, and scoring the decisive goal against Holland in the final. I understand that the club that took me in at 12 deserves the best of me in return, and I have given it that until now, but in the near future I won't be able to both physically and mentally. The recognition he has had at all levels of global football is not earned by chance.

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