“I came as a boy. I left as a man”. Andres Iniesta
A tribute fitting to a star was held on Sunday at the Barcelona Camp Nou for Andres Iniesta who made his last ever appearance for Barcelona.
Iniesta, 34, has announced earlier this season that he will move on from Spanish champions this summer, and brought the curtain down on his glittering Barca career against Real Sociedad at Barca’s home ground.
The Camp Nou crowd paid a stunning tribute to the Spain international before the game, with fans joining forces to form a mosaic around the stadium which read ‘Infinit Iniesta’. Iniesta, a European Championship and World Cup winner with Spain, won 32 trophies during his 16-year spell with the La Liga giants.
I arrived as a boy, I leave as a man – Iniesta in emotional Barcelona farewell
Andrés Iniesta praised the club and fans as he bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona after 22 years at the Nou Camp. The La Liga champions, Barça, claimed a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad and it was a fitting finale for the 34-year-old, who lifted the trophy for a ninth time.
Addressing supporters on the pitch after the final whistle, Iniesta said he “leaves as a man”, having spent so long playing for the Catalan giants. “I will move on and carry you all in my heart forever,” he said in quotes published on Marca.