Barcelona star forward, Lionel Messi has paid an emotional tribute to his teammate Andres Iniesta after the Spaniard announced that this is his last season at Barcelona.
Earlier this week, Iniesta announced his departure from Barcelona at a press conference. The event brought tears to both journalists and players.
“I wanted to be honest with myself.” Iniesta said in the press conference. “I’ve been here since I was 12 years old. If I couldn’t contribute everything I was capable, then it was time to say goodbye. I don’t want to make anybody uncomfortable.”
“I want to say thank you to the club and La Masia, which made me who I am. I want to thank all my team-mates, and my family, especially my wife and my three children, my treasures. Finally, I want to thank the fans, who have been with me through and thick and thin.”
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A couple of days after Iniesta’s announcement, Messi took to social media and posted an emotional message on Instagram.
“Andres, thank you for all these years of football,” Messi said. “It was a privilege to enjoy this sport by your side and have so many unforgettable moments together.”
“I wish you all the best in this new stage in sports and in your life. You are a phenomenon, on and off the field. We will miss you!”