Iniesta to Ink Life Time contract with Barca


Barcelona has tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the club announced on Friday the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed to the first “lifetime contract” in Barca’s history.

Barcelona president Joseph Maria Bartomeu said “It is a way of rewarding an exceptional player,”

Iniesta insisted, though, that he has not planned any future role with the club beyond his playing career.

“The lifetime title doesn’t mean that I will remain here just for the sake of it. It isn’t my way of doing things,”  Iniesta said.

When I don’t have the same force or importance I have always had things can always change.

Today I am hugely grateful for the confidence the club has shown in me.”

Along with five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Iniesta is Barca’s most decorated player of all-time having won 30 trophies at club level, including eight La Liga and four Champions League titles.

Iniesta has also made the second highest number of appearances in a Barca shirt behind Xavi Hernandez with 639 since his debut 15 years ago.

“There is no other player in the club like him. He will be a reference for future generations,” added Bartomeu.

I always say to the kids in the academy, to fixate on him as a player and a person.”

Born in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha before joining Barca at the age of 12, Iniesta is a beloved figure across Spain as he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final.

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