Andrés Iniesta definitely is one of the greatest midfielders of this generation. The La Masia graduate made 674 appearances for Barça between 2002 and 2016, lifting an incredible 32 trophies, plus the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.
Here are some of the most famous things other greats of the game have had to say about the midfield magician over the years.
“I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent.” – Frank Rijkaard
“Iniesta is easily Spain’s most complete player. He has everything. Playing alongside him is very easy.” – Xavi
“Andrés and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents. But he has something that always amazes me. There’s always a moment when you think you’re going to catch him, when you think you’re going to get the ball off him, but you can’t. He’s not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique.” – Lionel Messi.
“He’s fantastic. He makes the team work. The way he finds passes, his movement and ability to create space is incredible. He’s so important for Barcelona.” Sir Alex Ferguson.
“As a professional, as a person, and as a player, I think he’s fantastic. It’s like he’s dancing the tango. [ . . . ] I just love how he plays football so elegantly. To me, Andres is Don Andres.” – Dani Alves.
“He reminds me of myself.” – Zinedine Zidane
“Iniesta doesn’t dye his hair, he doesn’t wear earrings and he hasn’t got any tattoos. Maybe that makes him unattractive to the media but he is the best.” – Pep Guardiola
“Iniesta is the boyfriend that every mother wants her daughter to have. The figures over his career tell you all you need to know. He is a magical player. There are few players in the world that can compare to him.” – Sergio Ramos
“When I see him play these days, he reminds me of Xavi. He was always a top quality player. He started very young with us, and it’s crazy to see how he has gone on to make so much history.” –Ronaldinho.
“When I said Iniesta was the world’s best, you laughed. Now you can see I’m right.” – Samual Eto’o.