The big news from Barcelona in the last couple of weeks is the imminent departure of Andres Iniesta who is bound to make a long trip to Asia to join the Chinese Super League.
There has been a lot of fuss about his exit but some fans are trying to figure Iniesta’s reason for opting to leave Catalonia.
On a financial aspect of things, there’s plenty of reasons to leave Barcelona, but he still has enough magic in him for at least another season in Europe.
In the last couple of seasons, the player has been feeling less important at Barcelona and now thinks he cannot put up with the brutal challenges of top level football with Barcelona playing a game every three days.
At 33-years-old he may have a point, but many fans are pointing out that those days of 33 being too old are long gone and with proper care of his body Iniesta can still contribute at least 25 games (in all competitions) a season for Barcelona.
Two players come to mind in the modern era, Cristiano Ronaldo who is the same age as the Spaniard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who took the Premier League by storm at 35.
Iniesta may not be getting full 90 minutes of games, but if anything, successive coaches have shown that he remains very important in the team and have used him in big games.
Leaving Ronaldo and Ihbrahimovic aside, Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez left the club at 35-years-old. The puppet master of Josep Guardiola’s all-conquering side, Xavi spent an astonishing 17 seasons at the heart of the Azulgrana midfield, lifting 25 trophies.
Iniesta is still a long way from the 767 appearances Xavi made for Barcelona.
The club are going to be very supportive and do not intend to stand in Iniesta’s way if he eventually heads towards the exit doors.
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