Legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta has confirmed that this season will be his last as a Barcelona player.
The 33-year-old Spanish international announced the news at a press conference on Friday afternoon, calling time on a stellar career with the Camp Nou club.
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Speculation had been mounting that Iniesta would be looking to move on at the end of the current campaign, and the celebrations after the recent Copa del Rey victory final victory over Sevilla looked for all the world like a send-off for the iconic midfielder.
Having graduated to the Barcelona senior ranks in 2002, Iniesta embarked upon a career that most players could only dream of. In his time at Camp Nou, Barca won nine La Liga titles (with another one on the way), four Champions Leagues, six Spanish Cups, three Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. In all, he has scored 57 goals in over 650 appearances for the club.
It has since been confirmed that Iniesta will move to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.
While Iniesta will depart for pastures new at the end of the season, he will remain integral to Spain’s World Cup hopes, with the 2010 final goalscorer expected to play a key role in the national side’s campaign in Russia this summer.