Barcelona's Andres Iniesta poses before the start of the awards Action Images via Reuters
CAIRO – 29 October 2017: Andres Ineista celebrates 15 years with Barcelona. On October 29, 2002, Louis van Gaal decided to use young players to complete the last game of the group stage of the Champions League against Barcelona, as the team already qualified, and one of the players chosen was Iniesta.
Iniesta was 18 years old and it was already clear that a football legend was being forged.
Iniesta was in the starting lineup and played the full 90 minutes alongside Enke, Gabri, Puyol, Tortero, Fernando Navarro, Gerard López, Rochemback, Geovanni, Iniesta, Riquelme and Dani.
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FC Barcelona won 0-1 with a goal by Juan Román Riqulme. The Argentinean player had a special chemistry with Andres and the duo have remained friends ever since.
The two soccer players spoke the same language on the field, and always looked for the best pass.
Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006. He helped Spain win the European League in 2008, playing every game and being selected in the tournament dream team.
Iniesta was also a key member of the victorious Spanish team at the 2010 World Cup. He scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands, for which he was named the Man of the Match, and was selected to the tournament's All-Star team.
At the Euro 2012, Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match in the final against Italy. He was also named the Player of the Tournament.
With Barcelona, Iniesta won eight La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey, seven Supercopa de Espana, four UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Super Cup and three FIFA Club World Cup.