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Iniesta's New Club Revealed?

Andres Iniesta's New Club Revealed?

By David Kappel - May 23, 2018 01:33 PM @kappilinho

FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta will leave the club in this window, and it appears his new team has now been revealed.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Iniesta's emotional Barcelona farewell.

The 34-year-old, who has been included in Spain's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, received a special farewell following his final appearance for the Catalan giants on Sunday.

Iniesta was heavily linked with a move to China, but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has now seemingly confirmed that the Blaugrana superstar will move to Japanese J-League side Vissel Kobe, saying he will be unveiled by the club on Thursday.

At Kobe, Iniesta will link up with 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Lukas Podolski, who joined the team in July 2017 and has since scored 10 goals in 30 appearances for the club so far.

The Japanese side's owner, Hiroshi Mikitani, has close links with Barcelona – he is also the CEO of the Blaugrana's main sponsor Rakuten, as ESPN pointed out recently.

It is believed the partnership between the LaLiga champions and Rakuten had a lot to do with Iniesta's reported move to Japan, where he will reportedly earn $30 million (R378 million) annually.

Read: 12 Stars Snubbed For Spain's World Cup Squad

He leaves Barcelona as the most decorated Spanish player in history after lifting 32 trophies with club – the joint-most with Lionel Messi – and another three with Spain at international level.

Do you think Iniesta could have starred for another season at Barcelona? Have your say in the comments section below.


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THE NK Joined: 28 Dec 2016
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THE NK May 24, 2018 09:28 AM
Nice one Inniesta
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MOKGOBOKWANE Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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MOKGOBOKWANE May 23, 2018 09:43 PM
GOOD LACK ANDRES. U WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE HEART OF BARCELONA FANS. NOW GO AN MAKE MONEY CAUSE U R ALREADY RICH IN HISTORIES N RECORDS.
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MR E May 23, 2018 06:36 PM
Now its all about Money, look which league is he going to
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Theemba M May 23, 2018 04:18 PM
The great Iniesta,I'm bit disappointed he was not nominated to be there footballer of the year,pundits are always focussing on Messi and Ronaldo
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Warras4phefeni May 23, 2018 02:57 PM
Money money money all the way even Ronaldo and Messi they will all go there
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Myaka weliPhefeni May 23, 2018 02:39 PM
All now is abt money bcz his age is not on his side
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 23, 2018 02:29 PM
All the best to Iniesta he changed the game for better
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Livis May 23, 2018 01:48 PM
Ixhego elinje ,liyofuna imali nje Fosho

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