Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta to leave club at end of season

Posted April 30, 2018

"It's a decision I have given a lot of time and thought to on a personal level and with the family", he began, as he fought the tears.

"They are the ones who make me better, as well as all the fans who have given me their love, my parents, my sister..."

The Spanish player assured that he can't play in Europe for another club except Barcelona, which strengthens the reports that Iniesta's next movement will be to the China Super League. Being honest with myself and the club, I believe my period here ends this year, because the club deserves the best of me and I don't think that in the near future, I could give the best of myself in all ways; physical and mental. He also won the Euro twice the World Cup with Spain.

"There's been so many great moments - trophies and successes, but the most significant for me was making my Barca debut".

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A move to City would have reunited Iniesta with former boss Pep Guardiola while Arsenal have been linked with another of the player's former Barcelona bosses Luis Enrique to replace the outgoing Arsene Wenger.

But the Midfielder said he will not play in Europe after Barca because he can not play against them. The Spaniard, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, was pure elegance with the ball and a popular player off the field.

"I would like to thank my teammates and everyone who accompanied me every day, they made me be better", said an emotional Iniesta.

The Spanish worldwide joined the youth system at the age of 12 before making his first-team debut in the 2002-03 season and hence enjoyed a glittering career for the club.

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Iniesta was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or and achieved third place in 2012.

The two went head-to-head in two UEFA Champions League finals (2009 and 2011), with Barcelona trumping United on both occasions and Iniesta was the fulcrum of that dominant Blaugrana side.

"Barcelona thanks you, I thank you and football lovers are grateful for everything you've done!"

Yet, just as key to Iniesta's status as a national treasure in Spain as his World Cup victor, is a humility often at odds with modern football and the ostentatious lifestyle of its highly paid stars.

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"I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great person", Iniesta continued.