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Name Andres Iniesta
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
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Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2009 08 09 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s stars have been stunned by the news of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque’s sudden death at the weekend, with his close friend Andres Iniesta being particularly affected] It has been a very big shock. I will miss you, my friend.

2010 11 12 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta’s t-shirt that revealed his support for his deceased friend Daniel Jarque after his winning goal for Spain against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final will be housed at Espanyol’s Cornella-El Prat stadium] It’s hard to control my emotions. I didn’t want to give up this shirt, but I think this is the best place for it

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] Who is the best player in history? Laudrup

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta on him and eternal team-mate Xavi] Sometimes I get the feeling that we can’t play together

2015 12 05 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta complimented team-mate Neymar] He’s a vital player for us. He’s grown an awful lot since he arrived, both on an individual and team level. Some of the things he does sometimes might seem surprising, but the fact is that he’s so talented he makes them seem absolutely normal

2015 12 20 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] I have been lucky to play behind some of the greatest strikers at this club and in the world. Having those three (Messi, Suarez, and Neymar), there’s no doubt, it’s something you can’t compare with. So, I think at this current moment we have the best strikers in the world. I think the future can only get better because they’re relatively young with plenty of potential. The real winners are Barca. I played with [Thierry] Henry, [Samuel] Eto’o – great strikers – but let’s say right now the threesome we have now are unique

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Without belittling Henry and Eto’o, for me Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are the three best players I’ve ever seen

2016 01 Retrieve

[The Artist: Being Iniesta] Cruyff, the great ideologue of the Catalan club, its philosopher king

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta believes his former coach Pep Guardiola will be a success at Manchester City] Pep knows how to adapt and I’m sure he’ll do so in England. He’s also got staff like Mikel Arteta who’ll help that process, who know the league. City have signed well and have a very competitive squad. I know Nolito well because he was a team-mate here at Barcelona and with Spain. He’s had a great start and hopefully can continue. I’ve admired David Silva for years: I think he’s exceptional. Players learn day-to-day, from experience, team-mates and managers. I learnt a lot with Pep; he helped me to improve and he’ll do the same at City

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] What makes players different is their talent. Luis Suarez has arrived at the ideal team to showcase his abilities. His talent is undoubtable. He’s a complete forward and Barcelona have goals for many years to come

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta talks about the club’s philosophy] We have to continue believing in the Barcelona philosophy. It is not enough to just win but how you do it, and how often you do it. It is not winning in any way possible. The Barcelona philosophy has to be there and survive

2017 03 06 Retrieve

[Missing five games in three weeks, how well Iniesta looks in the opening stages could be key if the Catalans are going to mount an improbable comeback] It isn’t easy to come back from a muscle injury, but each week I am trying to get closer to being back at my best

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta gives his praise for Lionel Messi after the Argentinian scored his 500th goal for the club in a 3-2 win against rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu] The great thing about Leo is that he never stops surprising you. After so many years, he continues to be the difference. For us, it is an honour and a blessing for the club

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta speaks ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico] I don’t look at the table before a Clasico. These games are different and have nothing to do with the way in which one team or the other is playing beforehand. We know what is at stake and we will try to take an important step to win La Liga

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta talks about his departure from Barcelona after helping bring the club the 2017/18 La Liga title] I’m making the most honest decision for me and for my club. I want to finish with good feelings, then go to the World Cup and now to another adventure. I wish this was eternal. I’m the first one who would like this not to end, but all this has its beginning and its end

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta tells that he will likely retire from the national team after the World Cup in Russia] If nothing strange happens, this World Cup will be my last participation with the Spanish national team

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta says ‘farewell’ to his boyhood club Barcelona] It’s been a pleasure and an honour to defend the badge. I will miss you very much. I came here as a boy and I leave at 34 years of age a man. Thanks to everyone who asked me to stay, you will always be in my heart

2018 06 09 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta is planning to make Russia 2018 a memorable moment in his illustrious career] That it’s my last one makes it special and different. I try not to have the last World Cup in my head, but to face it as if I were the first - or what it is: a very nice challenge. I do not get tired from the goodbyes, I just try to enjoy every moment. I try to taste it because, after so much time, it is still exciting to live these moments

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta writes a farewell letter to the retiring Fernando Torres] Football brought us together more than 20 years ago, when we were children. Well, you will always be ‘El Nino’. And it will never separate us

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta gives his opinion on who he thinks are the top three midfielders] Michael Laudrup is my idol from childhood. His technique and his beautiful playing style, the way he attacked as a midfielder; I’ve been trying to be like him since I was a kid. I played with Xavi for a long time and I’ve watched him a lot on television. He is my ideal player because of how he can control games. He has the ability to provide quality passes in the right places and he is also a leader. He really is an ideal midfielder for me. Just like Xavi, I played with Sergio Busquets for a long time too, both with Barcelona and in the Spanish national team. He plays a very important role, the supporting midfielder – he can read football matches so well. He’s a good passer but he also creates passing lanes for the centre-backs as well. His role is very important to make the Barcelona system work

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta speaks about his time at Barcelona] It was many years living this club, growing up here since we were very young, getting into the first team and staying there for 10, 12, 15 years, becoming captains. We were all formed here as people. It’s difficult for something like that to happen. It’s very difficult. We’re talking about Barcelona, a club with the best players. Víctor, Puyol, Xavi, me: we came up in a scenario to Busi [Sergio Busquets], Piqué, and Leo [Messi]. We’re people who have been at the club our whole lives and we have that ‘plus’ that others don’t have. The moment could come when all of those players coincide at the club [again]. Without doubt, the likes of Víctor, Xavi, Puyol, have to go back because it wouldn’t make sense for them not to

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona should have won several more Champions League titles with Lionel Messi in the side] It surprises me in the sense that Argentina has had great footballers, a team with spectacular players and having, for me, the player who is number one. So they haven’t succeeded, but what happened against Germany (1-0 loss in 2014 World Cup final), for example, are small details. Small moments tip the balance for one team or another. If they played another game maybe it would turn out differently. I also feel that Barca are at their level because they’ve had Leo for so long. Four Champions Leagues have been won, but having the team we had and being able to count on Leo, surely we should have won it more. But this is football. Rivals play, they are also very good and the important thing is to savour the moment when you do win things.

In the end, when the results don’t come, this type of situation happens, looking for someone to blame. For me, it’s very difficult to say that Leo has played a bad game because that’s practically impossible. But hey, there are times when things turn out better, others turn out worse. Also, you can’t compare the environment or the Argentine team with one like Barca, which works every day to play in a certain way

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Iniesta: Winning goal in 2010 World Cup final helped save me from depression] Unfortunately, I had to experience several misfortunes in a row, even though I was really successful at the time. But then my friend Dani Jarque died in August 2009, which really put me in such a fragile situation that I needed professional help. It was certainly the hardest phase of my life. It was very good for me to have the support of Anna, my then girlfriend and current wife, and of course that of my parents. Fortunately, this phase is a thing of the past. A phase that made me stronger and better

You feel that it’s not you, that you don’t enjoy things, that the people around you are just people. You have no feelings or passion. You end up feeling empty inside and there is a moment that you realise that you cannot take it anymore. I had the ability to see that I needed to see someone to get out of that situation. The important thing is that in that period I never lost the spark

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Since arriving from Atletico Madrid, the France international has come under some criticism for his performances but Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has backed him to step up] Griezmann and the rest of the new players that arrive every year need time. They have enormous talent and will definitely end up triumphing and making a place for themselves in this team where it is not easy to play