Andres Iniesta

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About Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta is Barcelona through and through. Born 11 May 1984 in Spain, the midfielder joined Barcelona’s youth ranks in 1996.


Originally starting out as a defensive midfielder, Iniesta’s superb ball control and quick feet saw him progress into a complete creative midfielder. Iniesta’s incredible technique and ability to read the game has made him one of the greatest footballers of all time.


Iniesta made his Barcelona debut in 2002, but would have to wait another four years to make his full national team debut. Iniesta represented Spain at U15, U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 level before winning his first senior cap. Iniesta was part of the Spain sides to win the U17 and U19 European Championships in 2001 and 2002 respectively.


Not renowned for his goalscoring exploits, Iniesta has just over 10 goals for the Spanish national side in over 100 appearances. He did, however, score the winning goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final against Germany and was named man of the match. Two years later he helped Spain win the European Championships, winning player of the tournament.


Iniesta’s honours with Barcelona are equally as impressive having won the Champions League on four occasions. Iniesta has won more than a dozen domestic trophies and seven international trophies with the club. Iniesta’s most prolific goalscoring seasons for the club came in the 2006-07 and 2010-11 seasons, when he scored nine times in each.


Iniesta’s personal honours list is just as long. Most notably, though, Iniesta finished in 2nd place for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or and in 3rd place for the 2012 award. He has also been selected in the UEFA Team of the Year on four occasions. In August 2015, after Xavi Hernandez left the club, Iniesta was voted club captain by his team-mates.