Andres Iniesta has been at Barcelona since he arrived as a pale-faced year-old in but on Friday he confirmed it's time to leave. Despite signing a lifetime contract earlier this season, the midfielder, who turns 34 next month, revealed in a news conference that he will walk away from Camp Nou at the end of the current campaign. During his two decades in Catalonia, Iniesta has made appearances only Xavi Hernandez had made more and has won 31 trophies. That will rise to 32 by the time he leaves, too, with Barca just one point away from a seventh league title in 10 years. Iniesta still says the most important game of his career was his debut. It was the gateway to everything which followed. It's been 16 years now since Louis van Gaal handed the year-old Iniesta, still with a full head of hair at the time, his first Barca start in a Champions League game against Club Brugge.
Was not at fault for the first goal but will be angry with himself for the second one. Pulled off a sensational save from Alves at key time in the game. Barcelona thought that he gave away a penalty in the first half but they were wrong. Came in as a replacement for Giorgio Chiellini in the middle of the defence. Solid enough performance that saw him win most of his tackles. Put in a vital tackle to stop a dangerous Messi run in the box. An odd header allowed Neymar a chance on goal and the full-back did not get into the game or get forward as much as he would have liked. His shot stung the palms of Ter Stegen but too often he was bypassed in midfield.
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He spent most of his career at Barcelona , where he served as the captain for three seasons. Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Iniesta came through La Masia , the Barcelona youth academy, after an early migration from his birthplace, and impressed from an early age. He made his first-team debut aged 18 in
By Alistair Tweedale. Luis Suarez and Neymar were both on the scoresheet as they and partner-in-crime Leo Messi took their goal tally to an incredible 87 in 36 games this calendar year, but the Catalan victory was inspired by captain Andres Iniesta. Iniesta centre celebrates a fourth Champions League win.