Andrés Iniesta is a well-known football player for La Liga’s FC Barcelona, as well as the Spanish national team. His position is central midfielder, which means that he possesses a number of diverse football-related skills. He began playing as a defensive midfielder, but thanks to his many abilities including balance and ball control, he became more of an attacking midfielder. Iniesta is known for his impressive work ethic and his versatility. His style of play and willingness to play anywhere on the pitch have earned him several nicknames including The Illusionist and The Brain.
Iniesta was born in Fuentealbilla, Spain on May 11, 1984. At the age of 12, he impressed many scouts from prominent Spanish teams. This eventually led to him attending the Barcelona youth academy and staying at La Masia, which is the home in which young Barcelona players are housed. Though Iniesta did not like leaving his home, he eventually became captain of the under 15 team. Iniesta led this team to victory in 1999’s Nike Premier Cup, scoring the winning goal within the last minute of the championship match. For his efforts, Iniesta was named the best player in the tournament. From this point, Iniesta rose quickly through the ranks. He was able to earn a spot on the primary Barcelona team in 2002.
Andrés Iniesta became a mainstay of FC Barcelona during the 2004-05 season. During this season, he featured in more games than any other player. As he became more experienced, his role began to increase. Prior to the 2007-08 season, Iniesta was able to begin wearing his preferred number 8, which he wears to this day. Also around this time, he was named in rumors that stated that he was to be transferred to Real Madrid for a very large contract. Iniesta denied these rumors and eventually signed a contract to keep him in Barcelona through the 2014 season.
Currently, Andrés Iniesta ranks as one of the top football players in the world. Recently, he has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy, which is given to the top player in association football. He is beloved by fans, and he is revered by fellow footballers who admire his attitude and style of play.