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Post by Doc on Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:12 am

Yeah, I really think he should go China and make that hot cash. He is a legendary midfielder, one of the finest ever to kick a ball, he really has nothing left to prove out here.

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Post by BarcaLearning on Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:21 pm

Wow...even Iniesta is tempted, would never have thought. If China is successful in landing him, surely a lot of top elites would follow....
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Post by Harmonica on Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:31 pm

Would be probably best for all three parties. Coutinho takes his position, he makes more money for doing nothing, and chinamens can see a football player.

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Post by Myesyats on Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:01 pm

@BarcaLearning wrote:If China is successful in landing him, surely a lot of top elites would follow...

Disagree with that sentiment completely.

Anyway, it's probably best for Iniesta to go there to cash in his last cheques. He's already got a legendary status and nothing will change that. He doesn't have to retire at Barca, that's fine.
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Post by BarcaLearning on Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:06 pm

@Myesyats wrote:
@BarcaLearning wrote:If China is successful in landing him, surely a lot of top elites would follow...

Disagree with that sentiment completely.

Anyway, it's probably best for Iniesta to go there to cash in his last cheques. He's already got a legendary status and nothing will change that. He doesn't have to retire at Barca, that's fine.

I meant the elites when they reach the twilight of their careers... Iniesta seems to still be able to move to somewhere a level higher than CSL... so im surprised...but I guess money really is huge and attractive. He would be the biggest star to move to China too, I guess this kinda thing was bound to happen.
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Post by Collblanc on Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:23 am

My sources say he has signed. 30million a year after taxes rofl Wish him the best.
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Re: The Andres Iniesta Official Thread

Post by messixaviesta on Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:20 am

@BarcaLearning wrote:
@Myesyats wrote:
@BarcaLearning wrote:If China is successful in landing him, surely a lot of top elites would follow...

Disagree with that sentiment completely.

Anyway, it's probably best for Iniesta to go there to cash in his last cheques. He's already got a legendary status and nothing will change that. He doesn't have to retire at Barca, that's fine.

I meant the elites when they reach the twilight of their careers... Iniesta seems to still be able to move to somewhere a level higher than CSL... so im surprised...but I guess money really is huge and attractive. He would be the biggest star to move to China too, I guess this kinda thing was bound to happen.


I think there are different ways of looking at this matter and whichever way I see it I cannot find any reason to blame Iniesta in the least, heavily biased in his favor though I clearly am.

Let's consider his options at this point :-

1. Retire immediately at Barcelona - Zidane also retired at the age of 34. However if a player wants to play the game for some more time then what can possibly be wrong with that?

2. Stay for a few more years at Barcelona and retire with us - As romantic an option as the previous one but how practical is it? Should he get used to more and more time on the bench? The very best understandably find it very difficult to do that. Should he try to force more minutes for himself due to his legacy instead of allowing what is best for the team at the moment to happen? I think that would be more low down than any amount of money chasing he does. See right now Barca have to play him in the starting XI in key games at least in the UCL but this summer Barca must rebuild the midfield. What used to be our greatest strength for years has become our greatest weakness and if and when a proper rebuilding job is done Iniesta will no longer be a default starter. As to the Javier Zanettis of this world who can play at top level till they are nearly forty well not everyone can manage it, especially considering the level of fitness needed. Let's accept this while appreciating those who have done it. Injuries are catching up very fast with Iniesta.

3. Stay in Europe and move to a slightly smaller club to still play close to top level competitive football i.e. be a Raul at Schalke. Firstly I understand his contract does not allow for that but lets leave that aside for a moment. I am not against this option but am not going gaga over it either. Not too many players derive satisfaction from such a stint. Besides it leaves you at least with a possibility of having to face the club of your life. Iniesta does not ever want to have to play against Barcelona and that is a sentiment worthy of a lot of respect.

4. Go outside Europe and mint money - the option he is likely to choose. Seriously there is nothing wrong with that. When we look at which players have won the most trophies ever there are a few names listed ahead of Iniesta but if we start looking at the weightage of each trophy won then in football history does anyone at all surpass Iniesta in that regard??? So for a player who has won everything three times over and been decisive in so many key moments in both club and international football, an all time legend of the beautiful game, whats left to achieve? Why not then look at earning more money? Money may not be the greatest virtue but it's hardly an evil by itself and if it is given to you, a lot of it, without you having to compromise with your principles or conscience, then why shouldn't one take it? How many of us here would refuse such money??? Even the maestro Xavi left for Qatar when the time was right. If Iniesta was less than thirty years old then my blood would be boiling at this thought but now is not the wrong time for this. It's not just about money but also about life after football. Look for other opportunities within and outside the game. Maybe even look for opportunities for other people close to you. Others have done it in the past and there is really nothing wrong with it as such.

It would be so great to leave top level football on a high. Go play the UCL final and leave with the trophy like Xavi did. Go play the world cup final and effectively retire at the end of the most important football match in four years like Zidane did (minus the headbutt though of course), although in his case it was complete retirement. All this is wishful thinking on my part though. The end is usually not that rosy for even the very best (a part of me even fears that Iniesta will get injured and miss the world cup) but their legacy certainly lives on for ever. For me Andres Iniesta essentially was and is football. He personified my love for the beautiful game.
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