Iniesta announces international retirement following Spain World Cup exit [Post #35]

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This is different from the Ballon D'or(sp?)/ Fifa world player of the year award right?
 
Sorry for being blasphemic but I enjoy Iniesta's plays as much as Messi's.

Am I the only one who think this way? :23:
 
Sorry for being blasphemic but I enjoy Iniesta's plays as much as Messi's.

Am I the only one who think this way? :23:

Hardly blasphemic because Iniesta is a joy to watch, he is such a graceful player, the way he controls the ball and glides past players. Different style to Messi BUT can see why people prefer to see it
 
Somebody in Twitter wrote this:

Messi just cuts your throat. No apologies. Iniesta convinces you that if you put your neck here just so, it won't hurt a bit.

Could not agree more.
 
Somebody in Twitter wrote this:

Messi just cuts your throat. No apologies. Iniesta convinces you that if you put your neck here just so, it won't hurt a bit.

Could not agree more.

That's quality, I like that
 
This must be based on the International performances because Iniesta with all due respect is of no match to Ronaldo or Messi. Ronaldo (12) has more assists then Iniesta (9), lets not talk about the goals.
 
Honestly, I just thought Ronaldo would nick it this year. Kudos to Iniesta - well deserved.
 
Iniesta or Xavi or even Casillas should have won in 2010 too after the WC Win, but Messi won.
 
This must be based on the International performances because Iniesta with all due respect is of no match to Ronaldo or Messi. Ronaldo (12) has more assists then Iniesta (9), lets not talk about the goals.

Yes because judging players comes down to solely stats right?
 
Somebody in Twitter wrote this:

Messi just cuts your throat. No apologies. Iniesta convinces you that if you put your neck here just so, it won't hurt a bit.

Could not agree more.

:))

That's class and I thoroughly agree.
 
Andrés Iniesta has announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Spain international, 33, came through the youth system with the club and turned professional in 2001.

He has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country, and said today: “This is my last season here.”

Iniesta’s emotional press conference was witnessed by a number of members of the Barça first team.

He has won eight La Liga titles with the club and four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat Holland to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“I want to thank my team-mates,” he said. “My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that.”

Iniesta has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League when his time at Barcelona ends, although he refused to confirm he will be joining Chongqing Dangdai Lifan as has been reported.

“There are still things to be sorted,” he said. “I have said I will never play against Barça, so I won’t play in Europe.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/27/andres-iniesta-barcelona-leave-end-of-season
 
End of an era for Barcelona. Our midfield ain't gonna be the same without him.

Farewell and thanks for the amazing memories.
 
He will most likely end up in China. Great player, Barca should give him a new contract as he is only 32.
 
Zidane: Iniesta deserved the Ballon d'Or, he made everyone dream

Departing Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has been hailed by Zinedine Zidane, who believes he should have won a Ballon d'Or award during his career.

The curtain will come down on his career at the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign as he begins a new adventure in China.As he prepares for that exit, Iniesta's career was discussed by Zidane, who waxed lyrical on the Spain international.

"It is difficult because if you like football, seeing a player like him leave is tough," the Frenchman told reporters."I don't think of him as a Barcelona player. I see him simply as a football player.

"I've come across him two or three times and he is a charming, very reserved man and I like players who can do everything on the field but are that calm off it."I only have good words for him, admiration for his football and I wish him the best as a player for the future but above all, as a person.

"We're talking about someone who made everyone dream and he deserved to win the Ballon d'Or, especially in the year he won the World Cup."It was clear then that he deserved it."

http://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2018/04/27/5ae312d0268e3e3b018b4724.html
 
Actually will be 34 next month. Great player though.

Liverpool should consider signing him. Only problem is he never wants to play against Barcelona. Seeing how well Klopp is doing having reached the Europa final and now probably the Champions League one we could be wrestling with Barca in many coming encounters.
 
People like me who thinks football is art will miss a player like him. You just don’t have many player of his calibre any more.
I really miss players like Maradona, Donadoni, Baggio, Hagi, Sforza, Redondo, Boban, Juninho, Del Pierro, Zidane, Valeron etc
 
People like me who thinks football is art will miss a player like him. You just don’t have many player of his calibre any more.
I really miss players like Maradona, Donadoni, Baggio, Hagi, Sforza, Redondo, Boban, Juninho, Del Pierro, Zidane, Valeron etc

Xavi, Iniesta, Zidane and Scholes were some of the finest midfielders to watch in their prime. The current generation has a lot of work to do.
 
Surprised as he signed a lifetime contract only last year.

An ATG all the way through.Great player and humble too.
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&#55357;&#56877; When a legend says goodbye...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Infinit8Iniesta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Infinit8Iniesta</a> <a href="https://t.co/bNw5eLEXyh">pic.twitter.com/bNw5eLEXyh</a></p>— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) <a href="https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona/status/989867093565751296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A legend departs and his legacy begins<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/infinit8iniesta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#infinit8iniesta</a> <a href="https://t.co/AEpefaJQVv">pic.twitter.com/AEpefaJQVv</a></p>— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) <a href="https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona/status/998299486785949697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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What a player.

It was pure joy watching him play. Never looked tired or ran around too much, he was almost effortless but so effective.
 
Didn't get as much hype as Zidane and co but was equally as good if not better.
 
After more than 130 caps and three major titles, including the 2010 World Cup, the former Barcelona midfielder has hung up his boots
Andres Iniesta has announced that he will retire from international football after seeing Spain crash out of the World Cup at the hands of Russia.

Iniesta started Sunday's last-16 game on the bench as coach Fernando Hierro opted to rest the Barcelona legend.

But, with Spain failing to break down a determined Russia backline, Iniesta was drafted in after 67 minutes and subsequently converted his penalty in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

Koke and Iago Aspas then both failed in the shoot-out, marking a disappointing end to the midfielder's glorious Spain career.

"This was my last game for Spain," Iniesta told reporters after the defeat.

"A marvellous spell is over. Sometimes the end is not as you dreamed it."

Iniesta played a total of 131 times for Spain, scoring on 13 occasions in national team colours

His place in Roja folklore was assured in 2010 upon hitting the winning goal in the World Cup final against Netherlands, while he also lifted European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/iniesta...owing-spain-world-/11il4qffnyt6y11l53woo52x5g
 
Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has been criticised after posting a photograph of himself with two people in blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations in Spain.

Iniesta, 34, posed with his wife, two of his children and a group dressed in costumes related to Three Kings Day.

Two of the group are painted black - the role of Balthazar is often played by a white man in blackface in Spain.

Iniesta, who plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, has not responded to criticism.

"I love Iniesta like few other public figures, let alone athletes, he seems a supremely humble man and team-mate," said journalist and author Musa Okwonga.

"I just wonder how you can share a dressing room and so many trophies with Eric Abidal and Dani Alves and still not realise this is not cool. It's very disappointing."

BBC Radio 1 Extra presenter Nick Bright said: "I cannot believe in 2019 famous people are still doing or are around people doing 'blackface' and tweeting it, where are your friends Iniesta?!

"Didn't anyone say, 'Andres, I don't think this is the one bro'."

Three Kings Day is an important Christian festive tradition on 6 January in Spain that commemorates the visit of magi Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar to the newborn baby Jesus.

Large parades are held in cities in Spain on 5 January and the Kings are usually councillors, most of whom are white, so Balthazar is frequently played by a white man in black makeup.

However, the mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena ended that controversial tradition in 2016 by employing a black man to portray the role.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46780520
 
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