Why Barcelona duo Messi and Suarez missed Iniesta's press conference

Why Barcelona duo Messi and Suarez missed Iniesta's press conference

ANDRES INIESTA, one of the most decorated footballers in history, has confirmed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

A World Cup victor with Spain in 2010, the midfielder also has eight La Liga title and four Champions League successes to his name.

Although the 33-year-old has not confirmed his next destination, he is being strongly linked with a move to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.

"It's been a very tough but thoughtful decision".

Among those likely to be disappointed is Iniesta's former coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, who has reportedly tried to push the merits of a move to England. His quick footwork always gave him a yard of space, and his precision passing, even just from side-to-side, kept defenders always moving, as he probed for an opening to play Messi or the rotating cast of world class forwards the club has had. For me, Barca is the best club in the world - this club has given me everything.

"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".

"There's been so many great moments - trophies and successes, but the most significant for me was making my Barca debut".

Since 2002, Andrés Iniesta would call Barcelona home.

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Fighting back tears, he added: "A great deal of who I am, is down to Barca and La Masia - I am very thankful to them".

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

Indeed, the French magazine have published a message entitled "Perdon, Andres" (Forgive Us, Andres) in which editor Pascal Ferre expresses his deep regret that Iniesta was never given the prestigious award in what he refers to as a "democratic anomaly".

Iniesta is still playing regularly for the La Liga outfit.

At his peak, Iniesta was a symbol of Spanish possession-based football and to this day, many maintain he should have won the Ballon D´Or in 2010, when he finished second to Lionel Messi.

The Andres Iniesta era at Barcelona is set to come to an end.

'I'm sure he will be remembered and I think that's a lot, talking about football'.

If they win against Deportivo on Sunday, they will be crowned La Liga champions for the ninth time in Iniesta's career.

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