34 year old Andres Iniesta is leaving Barcelona after 22 years at the club and winning 22 major titles in 16 years with the senior side. Iniesta was substituted in the 82nd minute and was given a huge farewell by the Camp Nou crowd. He used the opportunity to embrace all his teams mates before leaving the pitch.
The game against Real Sociedad ended one nill in favor of Barcelona as Phillippe Coutinho made an effort in the 57th minute.
Iniesta made 674 senior appearances, second only to long-time central midfield partner Xavi who made 767 and was present in the stadium.
Addressing the crowd, he said
“This is a difficult day but I have spent 22 marvellous years here,”
“It’s been a pride and a pleasure to defend and represent this badge, which for me is the best in the world.
“Thanks to all my team-mates, each and every one. I will miss you all so much. And thank you to the fans, for all your love, everything you’ve made me feel since I arrived here as a boy. I leave as a man. I will keep you in my heart forever.”