Neymar Posts Heartfelt Tribute Following Andres Iniesta's Barcelona Exit Announcement

Neymar Posts Heartfelt Tribute Following Andres Iniesta's Barcelona Exit Announcement

"This press conference is to make public the decision that this season will be the last season here".

"I have always said that I would never compete against my club, so all the options outside Europe are open", Iniesta said.

"As well as the amount of titles he won, it was the way he played that is an example of how you have to be as a professional on and off the pitch".

"It really was a pleasure and wonderful for a short period as his team-mate and his manager".

"I only have good things to say about him, admiration for his football and I wish him the best".

Iniesta joined Barcelona's training academy at age 12 after leaving his village in southeastern Spain.

Iniesta has won a flurry of trophies with Barcelona. His was also the goal that made Spain the champion of the planet for the first and only time.

Iniesta won his 125th cap for Spain in last month's 6-1 friendly victory against Argentina. Speaking on Friday, Iniesta would announce his plans to depart.

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"My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that".

The one trophy which has eluded Iniesta in his glittering career is the Ballon d'Or, handed out each year to the world's best player.

Andres Iniesta took two deep breaths, and then said the words that announced his story-book career at Barcelona was coming to an end.

"How he has won and how he has behaved in victory makes him loved in all the stadiums in Spain and overseas, and that is a treasure very few players in history can have".

"It's been an honour and a privilege to play in so many games with Messi because there is no-one quite like him".

Andres Iniesta confirmed in a press conference at Barcelona's Ciutat Esportiva that this would well and truly be his final season at the club.

'Andrés, you knew it in Barcelona and you will always know it wherever you go, here you always have your card, ' the message in the tweet reads. "Today is not a farewell, it's a see you soon". With Barcelona seconds from elimination, Iniesta's laser-beam shot with the toe of his right boot kept Pep Guardiola's side on course to the European title. Not only because he is a great player but because he is an excellent human being.

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