The football world was nearly an emotional wreck as Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta played his final game. Iniesta was one of 3 players to hang up his boots for good, along with Fernando Torres and Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon. FC Barcelona played against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp and won, courtesy a goal from Philippe Coutinho.
After the match’s conclusion, long after his teammate left, Iniesta remained on the pitch barefoot. This was truly an emotional sight as the 34-year old gazed on the Nou Camp one last time. It was 1am when he finally decided to make his move and begin the long walk home.
The man who scored the goal that won Spain the 2010 FIFA World Cup is an icon in his own way. The Spaniard was a vital cog in the well-oiled Barcelona machine. Messi, Suarez and Coutinho may have been the goal-scorers, but Iniesta’s influence was just as important, if not more.
Thank you don Andres for all the unforgettable magical moments you graced with as barcelona, spanish national team and football fans, we are forever proud to have you, legend. You have our eternal respect and admiration @andresiniesta8 #Infinit8Iniesta pic.twitter.com/OcV1yIt7Tw
— Jubari (@moju101) May 21, 2018
— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) May 21, 2018
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 21, 2018
Nit especial ahir al Camp Nou per tancar una molt bona temporada aconseguint Lliga i Copa. Gràcies a tots els que ens heu recolzat durant tota la temporada. I sobretot gràcies infinites @andresiniesta8 per tot el que he pogut disfrutar amb tu i tot el que ens has donat. pic.twitter.com/I5evd94tW5
— Sergi Roberto (@SergiRoberto10) May 21, 2018
— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) May 19, 2018
— André Gomes (@aftgomes) May 21, 2018
— Jasper Cillessen (@JasperCillessen) May 21, 2018
1.30am, the Nou Camp.
Iniesta says his final goodbye to the turf he graced so magnificently for so long. 👋👋 pic.twitter.com/fohX2Zz9FG
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 21, 2018
Andres Iniesta stayed on the pitch barefooted until after 1am following his final game for Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/EydUAIYtBn
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) May 21, 2018
— Dave Downie (@daviddownie17) May 20, 2018