Iniesta to leave Barcelona at end of season, what it means

Andres Iniesta helped Barcelona secure the Copa del Rey with a 5-0 win over Sevilla in Madrid last weekend. Susana Vera  Reuters

He has won four Champions League titles, six Copa del Rey Cups and eight La Liga titles in addition to one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.

The midfielder has been part of Barcelona's record breaking campaigns but announced at a press conference on Friday at the Camp Nou, this season was going to be his last.

Iniesta is expected to continue his playing career in the Chinese Super League later this year. If I couldn't contribute everything I was capable, then it was time to say goodbye.

"They are the ones who make me better, as well as all the fans who have given me their love, my parents, my sister..."

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu described the midfielder as the club's most important player of the last decade in an interview with Spanish radio.

Iniesta has played 669 times for the Catalan club and his exit will bring a 22-year association with Barca to a close.

And former team-mate Neymar, who swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record deal during the summer, has joined his fellow professionals; posting a heartfelt message on Instagram claiming his story will be passed through generations.

The only trophy that escaped Iniesta's grasp was the Ballon d'Or award, given to the best player in the world each season.

Born in the village of Fuentealbilla, between Madrid and Valencia, where a bronze statue commemorates him, Iniesta was scouted by Barcelona as a 12-year-old.

But the Midfielder said he will not play in Europe after Barca because he can not play against them. I have said I will never play against Barca, so I won't play in Europe.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Iniesta said: "It's easy, I want to be remembered as a great football player and a great person".

"There are things to talk about, things to finalise", Iniesta said.

Iniesta made his first team debut in 2002 at the age of 18 after coming through La Masia, Barcelona's youth academy.

Iniesta was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or and achieved third place in 2012. "Because when our football days are over, that's all we are - people".

The Spanish midfielder was also part of the worldwide squad that won three major tournaments in a row under Vincent Del Bosque and has been included in the FIFA World XI a total of nine times, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in appearances.

Barcelona have confirmed, however, that both will be in attendance for Iniesta's official send-off next month.

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