Andrés Iniesta said goodbye to Vissel Kobe of Japan on Thursday to continue his football career with another team, still closing the door of retirement, despite the fact that his best stage as a footballer was in the golden years of FC Barcelona.
One of the best midfielders in history and world champion with Spain made it clear that he still wants to continue playing, however his return to the Catalan club is ruled out for now.
“I know that as time passes I am closer to the end of my sports career, it is the law of life,” said Iniesta at 39 years of age. “I want to finish my career playing on a soccer field. I still feel capable and excited.”
“As I have said many times, I would love to return to Barcelona at some point in my life, but I still think it is a long way off,” Iniesta continued. “Above all, I hope Xavi spends many years as coach, that would be great news for football.”
Iniesta says goodbye to Vissel Kobe after 132 games, in which he scored 26 goals and won two titles: the Emperor’s Cup (2019) and the Japan Super Cup (2020).
With FC Barcelona he won 32 titles: 4 Champions League, 3 Club World Cups, 9 LaLiga, 3 European Super Cups, 6 Copas del Rey and 7 Spanish Super Cups.