Barcelona great Andres Iniesta has mesmerized the world of football with the ease with which he plays the game. The midfielder has been able to stay at the top consistently thanks to his incredible vision and understanding of the game. However, at age 34, the Barca maestro felt that time is against him now despite still being able to woo football lovers all over the world with his abilities.
Iniesta is on his way out of the Barca, having joined the Catalan club 22 years ago at the age of just 12. One of the best players of his generation, Iniesta can change the complexion of a match in the blink of an eye and has made crucial impact for both Barcelona and Spain national team during ‘his era’.
Known as ‘Don Andres’ in the Barca ranks and amongst fans, Iniesta is a humble being and true to character, he would not have liked to become a burden for his beloved Barcelona. While we might beg differ, given the way the fleet footed ‘pale knight’ still mesmerizes defenders, but for Iniesta it is the right time to go.
"I am leaving because I feel I have to," he said in the interview with Onda Cero and Radio Marca.
"I understand that it would be tough to give what I have until now on a physical and mental level."
Iniesta have shown immense patience while growing up a first-team player but at the twilight of his career he will not like to be someone who is not a key player.
"I leave feeling like I've been important and useful and that I've had a great season, winning titles. I wouldn't like to experience any uncomfortable situation at this club.
"Let's not kid ourselves, time is now against me. This club demands a lot, even more than people think. I wish it could last forever and that I could say I'll leave next year, but that's a lie. We signed the lifetime contract because the club knew I would not stay a second longer if I didn't feel 200 percent. I have completed my dreams, or, in fact, I've surpassed them. There is no better way to finish up. I have given my body and soul to this club and I don't have any objective left to complete.
On his future, Iniesta commented: "I will do whatever I feel is the best. The financial aspect is quite important, but the project and future aspects are important too. That's what will my matter when it comes to making my decision. I hope that I can communicate my decision next week”.