Andres Iniesta

Fútbol Club Barcelona, known as Barca, is a La Liga football club. The squad is so successful that it has got a lot of titles of major sporting events in the world. As of 2016, Barca had won 24 titles of La Liga, 29 championships of Copa del Rey, 12 titles of Supercopa de España, three titles of Copa Eva Duarte and two Copa de la Liga trophies. In international competitions, the club won four UEFA Champions League titles, four UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. There is another mighty team competing in La Liga. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two teams to fight for the championship of La Liga. According to the newest data from a football website, Barcelona becomes the No.1 among a large number of football clubs on the planet. However, Real Madrid is ranked the fourth because of the bad performance in the 2017-18 season.

The victories owe to these excellent and hard-working footballers. Andres Iniesta is one of them, who born on May 11, 1984 at a small village in the province of Albacete, Spain. He is a professional footballer as a central midfielder for Barcelona and Spain national team. He serves as the captain for Barcelona.

In 1996, the 12-year-old Iniesta played a game on behalf of his hometown. He played so well and was named the best player of that match. Iniesta’s good performance attracted attention from Barcelona Youth Team. The coach persuaded his parents to consider sending him to the Barcelona youth academy. Therefore, Iniesta began his football career. But young Iniesta was very shy and he struggled being separated from his parents. In 1999, he led the Barcelona Under-15 team to win the Nike Premier Cup where Iniesta scored the winning goal in the last minute of the final, and was awarded the player of the tournament.

In the 2001-02 season, Iniesta entered the first team of Barcelona. He finished his debut of UEFA Champions League on October 29, 2002 and appeared six times during the 2002-03 season.

In the 2004–05 season, Iniesta appeared 37 out of 38 league games, which was more than any other player. His two goals helped Barcelona win La Liga. Because of the injury to Xavi at the start of the 2005-06 season, Iniesta was able to play games regularly, so he could continue to improve and develop. He totally played eleven UEFA Champions League games. He was highly valued by the manager Frank Rijkaard.

In the 2015-16 season, Barcelona won UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with the aid of Iniesta. Needless to say, Barcelona has been the strongest and the most successful club in the world.

He played the 650th game of his career for Barcelona on 7 January 2018. Iniesta has signed a lifetime contract with Barcelona on 6 October 2017, which means that the core player of Barcelona will play for the club all the time. Many fans think that Barcelona makes a completely right decision because Iniesta is a player with strong abilities and he is widely regarded as one of the most respected midfielders.

As a member of Spain national team, Iniesta also made a great contribution to the team. He who wore the Spain football shirts helped the squad win UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2001, UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2002, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

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