Lionel Messi has paid an emotional tribute to his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta after the Spaniard announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.
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Iniesta, 33, came through La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy, and has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou, winning eight La Liga titles, nine at the end of this season, and four Champions League.
Having made his debut in 2002 under Louis van Gaal, he grew into a club legend, but he will likely move to China in the summer. Messi took to Instagram to sum up Iniesta’s career.
“Andres, thank you for all these years of football. It was a privilege to enjoy this sport by your side and have so many unforgettable moments together.
“I wish you all the best in this new stage in sports and in your life. You are a phenomenon, on and off the field. We will miss you!”