Andres Iniesta has admitted he is ‘nervous’ ahead of his last game for Barcelona this Sunday.
The Barca captain is to bring to an end a 22-year career at the Nou Camp and is yet to announce who he will be playing for next season.
Iniesta will lead Barca out at the Nou Camp for the final time when they host Real Sociedad this weekend, and believes his feelings may get the better of him.
‘I’m nervous about Sunday, as I’ve already been telling some people,’ admitted the 34-year-old to Spanish radio station RAC 1.
‘When they tell you the end is coming you get used to the idea, but when the moment approaches I’ll be nervous and my feelings will be even more raw.’
Iniesta has led Ernesto Valverde’s Barca to the La Liga title with ease this season. They hold a 12-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid heading into the final day but missed out on an unbeaten season when they were beaten 5-4 at Levante last weekend.
Despite this, his career at Barca has been undeniably special, winning nine league titles, four Champions Leagues, three FIFA Club World Cups and was even named European Footballer of the Year in 2012.
Naturally, bringing a club career like that to its conclusion was a tough decision for him.
‘I’m a person who thinks about things a lot, meditates upon them, evaluates them, then listens to myself – so it’s been like a process,’ he added.
‘It’s true that last year was not an easy one and this year I didn’t know if it would be the last or not. When the season began I doubted whether I would continue.
‘So, I proposed that this year would have to be one of the best because if it was the last I wanted to go with the feelings I have now.’
Iniesta is set to lead his native Spain at this summer’s World Cup too, and the World Cup winner has also revealed he is more than likely to retire from international football following the tournament in Russia.
The tournament will prove to be a memorable time in the Spaniard’s trophy-laden career and he has said he will reveal his next destination before the tournament.
INIESTA AT BARCELONA
- Joined: 1996 (in youth team)
- Senior debut: October 29, 2002 vs Club Bruges in the Champions League
- Appearances: 669
- Goals: 57
- Honors: La Liga (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16), Champions League (2005-6, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15), Copa del Rey (2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18), Club World Cup (2009, 2011, 2015), Spanish Super Cup (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016), UEFA Super Cup (2009, 2011, 2015)