Since 2002,A�AndrA�s Iniesta would call Barcelona home. Since debuting for the senior team in 2002, Iniesta hasn’t known another club. But that’s all about to change at the end of the season. Speaking on Friday, Iniesta would announce his plans to depart.
“I said I would never play against Barca so it is not going to be in Europe. We will know at the end of the season – there are still things to talk about. … It is a difficult day for me to be here saying goodbye when I’ve spent my whole life here. A great deal of who I am, is down to Barca and La Masia – I am very thankful to them.”
But Iniesta knows it’s time.
“I spoke to a lot of people – players, coaches – and I know what they want, but I tried to be honest with myself and the club.”
But more than that, he knows what he wants. And he wants to make one thing very clear.
“I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great player. When our football days are over, that’s all we are – people.”
Over the course of his 670 appearances, Iniesta has 57 goals and 141 assists. But hea��s always been more than that. With Barcelona, hea��s become an eight-time (soon to be nine) La Liga champion, six-time Copa del Rey winner and four-time Champions League winner.
Barcelona will never forget you, Iniesta. And football fans won’t either.