Emotional Andres Iniesta sits alone on Barcelona pitch until 1am after final game

The midfield legend said goodbye to his boyhood club in last night's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.


Players and fans from both sides applauded captain Iniesta, 34, from the get go and raised the roof when he was substituted off after 82 minutes.

The Spain ace had tears in his eyes and broke down on the bench after being given a heartwarming farewell.

His Barcelona team-mates hurled him into the air at full-time as they celebrated both his incredible 16-year senior career AND winning La Liga.

But hours later, a barefoot Iniesta returned to the pitch and sat in the centre-circle with his head slumped.







Speaking after the match, a tearful Iniesta said: "These have been 22 unbelievable years and it has been an honour to defend this club – for me the best club in the world.

"I want to thank every one of my team-mates and all of you in the stadium. I’m leaving aged 34 years and I just want to say that my heart will be here for ever."

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: "I will be able to say in the future that I was the Barcelona manager for the game that he left the club. He is someone who will never be repeated.

"I think it was an emotional night for everyone. He is a legend here. He is the standard bearer."










Iniesta won nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Reys, the Club World Cup three times and the Champions League FOUR times at the Nou Camp.

He also played a key role in Spain’s 2010 World Cup triumph – scoring the winner in the final – as well as the two Euro victories in 2008 and 2012.

Iniesta's old boss Pep Guardiola is thought to be ready to offer him a player-coach role at Manchester City.

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