Andres Iniesta played his last game in a Barcelona jersey on Sunday night at Camp Nou.
The 34-year-old Spain midfielder started in Barca’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in their La Liga finale of the season and came off after 82 minutes. Iniesta hugged Messi and then embraced the rest of his colleagues after he handed the captain’s armband to the Argentinian, and he walked of to a standing ovation at the stadium with tears in his eyes.
It is unclear as to where Spaniard – who will perform at the World Cup – goes next but he has been rumoured to be joining J.League outfit Vissel Kobe. His successor, Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal in the game, which Real Sociedad’s legend Xabi Prieto, 34, also made his last appearance.
Iniesta said while addressing Camp Nou in his farewell: “Today is a difficult day but it’s been 22 marvellous years. It’s been a pride and a pleasure to defend and represent this badge, for me, the best in the world,” said Iniesta.
Iniesta made his senior debut for Barcelona in 2002. His tally of 32 major trophies is a club record that he shares with Leo Messi.
“Thanks to all my team-mates, each and every one. I will miss you all so much. And thank you to the fans, for all your love, everything you’ve made me feel since I arrived here as a boy, I leave as a man. I will keep you in my heart forever. “To finish, this week has left me speechless. Visca Barca, visca Catalunya, and visca Fuentealbilla (his home town).”
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