'It is a difficult day,' says teary-eyed Andres Iniesta during farewell ceremony

 | Updated: May 31, 2018, 11:16 AM IST
Andres Iniesta bid farewell to his boyhood club FC Barcelona. He has spent all of his senior career at Camp Nou & has lifted 32 trophies

Andres Iniesta

Barca's players huddled beneath Iniesta and tossed him into the air as Andres bid farewell to his boyhood club FC Barcelona on Sunday.
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Andres Iniesta

Iniesta has spent all of his senior career at Camp Nou
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Andres Iniesta

With a tear in his eye, Iniesta walked off to a standing ovation from the Camp Nou in the second half, having unfastened his captain's armband and handed it to Lionel Messi.
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Andres Iniesta

He hugged the Argentinian and then embraced the rest of his colleagues. The 34-year-old clapped the crowd, blew them a kiss, before exhaling and ducking into the dug-out.
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Andres Iniesta

An extravagent post-match ceremony followed, celebratng both Iniesta and the winning of La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Barca's players returned to the pitch all wearing shirts with Iniesta's name on their backs.
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Andres Iniesta

Iniesta hugged coach Ernesto Valverde before leaving the field.

"I feel privileged," coach Valverde said.

"Just as they all do to have been a part of it. He is a unique, unrepeatable player. There is none like him."
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Andres Iniesta

"It is a difficult day," Iniesta said in a speech to the crowd. "But it has been a wonderful 22 years. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to defend and represent this club, for me the best in the world. I will keep you in my heart forever."
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