On This Day In 2018: Andres Iniesta Announced His Departure From Barcelona
Barcelona said goodbye to one of their all time greats on this day in 2018.
The great Andres Iniesta took his final steps on the Camp Nou turf and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. In the 82nd minute, he proceeded to give the captain's armband to Lionel Messi and sobbed as he was replaced for the final time.
Head in hands on the subs bench, Iniesta's name was chanted around the stadium for several minutes as the Catalan locals hailed the midfielder that has brought so much joy and happiness to this famous stadium in years gone by.
It was a moment like no other.
:back::watch: ' On this day :one: year ago. Andrés Iniesta announced that he will leave FC Barcelona at the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/AxgqGS3hux- Culé Source (@CuleSource) April 27, 2019
After the full-time whistle, Barcelona held a ceremony to celebrate Iniesta's magnificent 17 year career at the club.
Teammates swarmed the pitch and threw the midfielder in the air as tears were shed by many. Iniesta then gave a memorable goodbye speech and hugged every single member of the squad and backroom staff to thank them for their service.
Clearly it was a tough moment for Iniesta to say goodbye to all those precious memories and a moment captured in the early hours of Monday morning sums everything up perfectly.
As you see in the footage above, the 34-year-old sat in the middle of the centre circle with nobody around him. Soaking up all the good times in what has been a sensational career with Barcelona.
Twitter user @davphoto20 captured the moment, while Iniesta looked around, barefooted, wondering what next.
A true legend of the game.