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Andres Iniesta to leave Barcelona at the end of ongoing season

Andres Iniesta to leave Barcelona at the end of ongoing season

Iniesta has made the second most appearance for Barcelona after Xavi Hernandez.

Iniesta is Spain's eight-time champion, four times victor of the Champions League, six times the country's Cup, seven times the Spanish Super Cup, three times the World Club Championship and just as many times the Super Cup of Europe.

Andres Iniesta will bring his glittering Barcelona career to a close at the end of the season, the midfielder announced on Friday.

Though there are speculations that he might join Chinese Super League outfit Chongqing Dangdai, he did not confirm it. This was a decision which took a lot of thought. I am very happy to have played for this club. I know what it means to demand what it means to play here year after year.

He would not be short of suitors this summer among the world's elite clubs but Iniesta, who already has an offer from China, will not be staying in Europe. "This is the best club in the world", he said.

Iniesta admitted to a hard beginning in Barcelona, as he missed his home close to Albacete in central Spain, and later confessed to "crying rivers" because he missed his parents.

Iniesta, who orchestrated much of Barca's success from midfield, was renowned for his passing, vision and work-rate on the pitch.

Iniesta, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, didn't mention his next step, telling reporters that the season hasn't reach an end yet and that there are many negotiations on the table to determine his future.

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With his unique blend of effortless ability on the ball and an nearly unrivalled eye for a pass, Iniesta has established himself as one of the greatest players in Europe over the last 15 years.

"Barca has given me everything".

The midfielder has won two European Championships with his country as well as a World Cup winner's medal in 2010, scoring the victor in extra-time in the final against the Netherlands.

The 33-year-old footballer made his official debut for Barca in 2002, and since then he has recorded 435 matches for the team, winning all the possible trophies at the club level.

The only trophy that escaped Iniesta's grasp was the Ballon d'Or award, given to the best player in the world each season.

"I thank my colleagues, all the people that I worked with every day for all these years".

Iniesta's short speech was greeted by applause and the congratulations are likely to continue on Sunday, when he can collect his ninth La Liga title.

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