Andres Iniesta has dominated matches for Barcelona for 16 years and counting, becoming one of the best midfielders in the world.
The La Masia graduate has made over 650 appearances for Barca, leaving him second behind former team-mate Xavi in the club’s all-time record appearance list.
He was starting regularly at the Nou Camp by the age of 20, after then-captain Pep Guardiola famously told Xavi: “You’re going to retire me. This lad [Iniesta] is going to retire us all.”
Iniesta became known for his excellent control, agility and work-ethic, but also for his versatility, putting in excellent performances in a number of positions, including both in defensive midfield and attacking midfield and regularly out wide. “He was always excellent,” said Frank Rijkaard.
Five years the junior of Xavi, the pair became almost synonymous with each other, forming an excellent understanding and a title-winning midfield partnership.
Still aged only 33, Iniesta continues to marshall the Barcelona midfield, proudly wearing the captain’s armband, and has lifted an incredible 29 trophies during his time at the club.
Famously one of only three Barcelona players to be applauded by Real Madrid supporters, it is hard for anyone to have a bad word about such an incredible talent.
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