Neymar Posts Heartfelt Tribute Following Andres Iniesta's Barcelona Exit Announcement

Many believe Iniesta should have won it in 2010 after helping Spain to victory at the World Cup

Having made his debut with the first team in the 2002-03 season, Iniesta has written himself into Barca folklore and will go down among their finest players ever.

456 - Of those 669 matches, Iniesta has been on the winning side 456 times, giving him a 68.2 win percentage.

Sanchez joins a number of players who have lauded Iniesta for his contribution to Barcelona and football, with Lionel Messi also praising his teammate.

BC-SOC-Barcelona-Iniesta's Legacy, 866Iniesta exit deprives Barca of humble star who kept winningAP Photo TH103, TH105, EM106, EM102Eds: With AP Photos.

He has won eight La Liga titles with the club and four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat Holland to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"That's when I say to him: "Come closer", the Argentinian star was quoted as saying in Iniesta's book, "The Artist".

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"To be able to share time with him every day and share so many magic moments, because in my opinion there is no-one like him and there never will be".

Iniesta and Messi were rising talents on that team coached by Frank Rijkaard and featuring Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o. He also played a key part in Spain winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships to complete an unprecedented run of dominance for Spain and its tiki-taka tactics modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession style.

Last year, Iniesta became the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal that allowed him to keep playing for the club as long as he remained fit. I know the responsibility I have as the captain and the responsibility to be honest with myself and the club by bringing my time at the club to an end this season. He is often applauded by opposing fans when substituted on the road.

I don't want to kid anyone. I have said I will never play against Barca, so I won't play in Europe. The recognition he has had at all levels of global football is not earned by chance.

Interest from the Chinese Super League and the Major League Soccer has intensified in recent weeks as speculation mounted on the diminutive midfielder's future and he is likely to end up either in China or America.

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