End of an era
It’s now the end of an era for Barcelona, as Andres Iniesta has announced he will be leaving the club come the end of the season – and understandably, the fans are gutted.
It had been rumoured the player was set to leave, but seeing the news confirmed was obviously a different kettle of fish altogether, and it wasn’t just Barcelona fans who were upset at the prospect of a game without one of the best players to have the ball at his feet.
Even Real Madrid fans came out to praise the one man they actually liked or at least tolerated from the Barcelona side, and have given standing ovations to in the past as well.
The football world made sure to pay their respects to the outgoing player – who will be moving to China according to sources close to him – and will win one final La Liga title before that happens – and with both Xavi and Iniesta gone come next season, it’s a time of change for Barcelona.
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Thank you Iniesta, one of the best midfielders we’ve ever seen 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/g4DAuAutGL
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) April 27, 2018
There are very few players like Iniesta left. Respectable, dignified, gracious, graceful – a player well respected by all fanbases. A great person & a legend, in the way he played the game, what he gave to Barça, the things he achieved.
You love football, you love Iniesta. pic.twitter.com/FKFfH6p8xN
— Alex Truica (@AlexTruica) April 27, 2018
One of the greatest players of all time leaves FCB with his legacy untainted.
The board that pushed Iniesta to make this decision, after delaying to renew last season, will keep Paulinho on the squad, and are looking to sign more “muscle”.
End of Cycle begins now.
— Lucas R. (@lucasammr) April 27, 2018
Images: Iniesta during his press conference. pic.twitter.com/9EC914LxFN
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) April 27, 2018
Zinedine Zidane: “If you like football, it’s difficult seeing Iniesta leave. I don’t see him a Barça player, I see him as a football player.” pic.twitter.com/IxGIfEJ5wx
— Players Sayings (@PlayersSayings) April 27, 2018
Can we give the guard of honor to Iniesta only instead?
— Rk (@RkFutbol) April 27, 2018
Andrés Iniesta: Of the 64 players to have attempted 150 or more dribbles since the start of the 2015/16 season, Iniesta has a better dribble success rate (78.5%) than any other La Liga player
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 27, 2018
With Iniesta’s departure, there goes the last respectful man of that Barcelona team.
— Rk (@RkFutbol) April 27, 2018
Andres Iniesta, one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. Changed the culture alongside Xavi that a central midfielder doesn’t ‘have’ to be tall, strong or extremely athletic, just measure a man by his football IQ/tekkers, hats off to an icon! pic.twitter.com/7uhmzR2zCy
— Tass (@FaZeTass) April 27, 2018
The only blight on Iniesta’s outstanding career is the lack of a single Ballon d’Or. I’m not old enough to remember every winner but when he was overlooked for the prize in 2010/11, despite eclipsing everyone, the award became just another prop in the ‘Cristiano vs Messi’ show.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) April 27, 2018
Andres Iniesta takes his place among Barca legends pic.twitter.com/4cdj3xjSgi
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 27, 2018
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 27, 2018
Iniesta emotional, crying, confirms he is leaving Barcelona at end of the season but is not saying where, yet.
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) April 27, 2018
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April 27, 2018 at 06:02AM