VIDEO: SEE HOW BARCELONA PAID TRIBUTE TO INIESTA
Andres Iniesta capped his stellar career at Barcelona with victory over Real Sociedad in his final game. Having joined the Barcelona youth set-up aged 12, Iniesta ends his 22-year association with the club after making 674 senior appearances, second only to long-time central midfield partner Xavi who made 767 and was present in the stadium.
The Spain midfielder, 34, is leaving the club after winning 22 major titles in 16 years with the senior side
Iniesta, who captained the side, was replaced in the 82nd minute, embracing all of his team-mates and acknowledging the Nou Camp crowd with tears in his eyes.
After full-time the stadium went dark before a light show during which the Barcelona players emerged wearing Iniesta shirts to form a guard of honour.
Iniesta himself then strode out to raise first the La Liga then the Copa del Rey trophies, the fourth time he has won both in the same season, before addressing the crowd.
“This is a difficult day but I have spent 22 marvelous years here,” he said. “It’s been a pride and a pleasure to defend and represent this badge, which for me is the best in the world.
“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.”
— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) May 20, 2018
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