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END OF AN ERA: Iniesta confirms Barca exit

END OF AN ERA: Iniesta confirms Barca exit

But more than any player at the Camp Nou in the last 15 years, Iniesta provided the human element that made him exemplify Barcelona's motto of being "more than a club". "When the season is over we will know my choice".

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

The expectation is he will then announce his retirement from global football, with a glittering trophy cabinet that already boasts the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships titles from 2008 and 2012. If they win against Deportivo on Sunday, they will be crowned La Liga champions for the ninth time in Iniesta's career.

Zinedine Zidane may be refusing to give FC Barcelona a guard of honour for next week's El Clasico, but there have been calls for both sets of player give one to Andres Iniesta after the Spaniard confirmed he will be leaving after this season.

"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".

Barcelona won the 2006 Champion League title, which started a golden era for Barcelona with Iniesta and Messi leading the way to three more Champions League titles and a collection of domestic trophies that displaced Real Madrid as Spain's top team.

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With social media now awash with tributes to the Spain global, Barcelona have trumped them all with this offering, a timely reminder of just how brilliant Ilusionista has been over the past 21 years. "It is best for me to leave this club feeling important, still winning titles", he added. I am very happy to have played for this club.

Speaking to reporters, the Manchester City boss said: "It could take 30 minutes to talk about Iniesta means for the world of football, not just Barcelona".

"There are still things to work out, different things". He made his first-team debut during the 2002-03 season.

The Spain worldwide has enjoyed an illustrious career and won everything possible with the Catalan club, having joined as a 12-year-old.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu paid tribute to Iniesta, tweeting: "You have the eternal gratitude of Barca fans and the whole football world".


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