Remembering 8 of Andres Iniesta’s Best Barcelona Goals After His Departure to Vissel Kobe

As Andres Iniesta touched down in Japan earlier this week, he embarked on a new challenge of bringing his footballing genius to east Asia.

While his chapter in the Barcelona book may have just called time, you’d be hard pressed to forget its contents.

Better known for his passing, dribbling and selflessness, this generation’s ultimate fantasista had an eye for goal too. Scoring 57 times for La Bluagrana, here are some of Iniesta’s most memorable.

1. 06/05/2009: Chelsea

The second most important goal in Andres Iniesta’s professional career came in arguably the  most controversial Champions League game ever.

In trouble throughout, Barca’s technical maestros were outplayed by the Blues for the majority of this game. Essien’s early screamer put La Blaugrana on the back foot, as Chelsea repeatedly came within inches of ending the Barcelona dream.

Iniesta’s 90th minute goal was Barca’s first shot on target. Cue absolute scenes.

Denied two stonewall penalties and another two highly questionable ones, the Stamford Bridge crowd looked on in as state of disbelief and rage. If not for this strike, who knows what would’ve become of Guardiola’s Barca? Instead, the number eight scored and they went on to defeat Manchester United 2-0 in a Rome finale. 

The 2008/09 side of Barcelona are still the only team to win six major trophies in one cycle.

2. 17/08/2011: Real Madrid

After a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, Spain’s greatest rivals readied themselves to do battle in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

A tie best remembered for Lionel Messi’s continued genius, the little Argentine provided three goals and two assists in Barca’s 5-4 aggregate victory. However, the first goal of this titanic Camp Nou clash was scored by Iniesta.

This goal was all about Messi’s wizardry and Iniesta’s intelligence. Dropping Fabio Coentrao with a shift, Messi then paced around Sami Kehdira on the halfway line and slid through a defence destroying assist. 

Caught watching Messi’s magic — who can blame them — Sergio Ramos and Pepe were split by Iniesta’s incisive run. Calling for an offside that never was, the Real Madrid back line had been burnt. 

Bearing down on his international teammate, Iniesta composed himself and then lofted a delicious chip shot over Iker Casillas’ head. Majestic.

3. 19/10/2011: Viktoria Plzen

A goal sent from heaven, the mercurial Spaniard showed off all his balletic poise in one swift move. 

Two perfect give and goes between Iniesta and Messi opened up the Czech Republic side’s defence like a hot knife through butter. Using his number 10 as a pivot, the Fuentealbilla man glided past two static white shirted onlookers.

Mesmerised by what they had seen, it was too late for the statuesque Plzen representatives to chase down Don Andres. One defender and the goalkeeper to beat, Iniesta flicked the ball up and around a dazed opponent with his right boot. 

As it dropped to his left, the Barcelona man hit it on the half volley back inside the near post, giving the keeper no time to react. Another piece of true genius from the modest maestro.

4. 23/10/2012: Celtic

Down 1-0 to a resolute Celtic side at the Camp Nou, Barcelona were struggling to break down the Bhoys regimented banks of four. 

Then up stepped Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. With Celtic’s midfield sitting deep on the edge of their own box, La Blaugrana decided to score a goal straight from the Playstation. 

Messi played to Iniesta, who sent the ball to Xavi. After a touch to set, the Barcelona captain knocked a ball back to Iniesta. Marked by three men, Andres atomised his body through a seemingly impossible space.

Collecting just right of the penalty spot, Iniesta’s first touch created a position for a slide finish. Throwing his body, the number 8 managed to direct his shot into the front post. Craig Gordon, Victor Wanyama and Mikeal Lustig were left to argue who had made the mistake. 

In reality, there was nothing any of them could’ve done.

5. 16/03/2014: CA Osasuna

March of 2014 saw Barcelona smash Osasuna 7-0 in La Liga. It was yet another match in which Messi scored a hat-trick, however, Iniesta’s goal stole the show.

Up by two goals to nil after 33 minutes, the Camp Nou club were cruising to victory. So much so, that Osasuna forgot how to mark their opposing numbers. With acres of space in the final third, Iniesta strolled up to the edge of the box.

With nobody deciding to close down the virtuoso, Andres let rip from 25 yards. His left footed shot arrowed across goal landing in the right sided netting. Even though goalkeeper Andres Fernandez attempted an athletic save, the ball was always heading into the back of the net.

6. 23/03/2014: Real Madrid

A week later, Iniesta was on the scoresheet again, this time in a high scoring El Clasico. Opening the proceedings in a 4-3 win, Iniesta launched a bullet past Diego Lopez in the Real net.

A match full of incident involved three penalties and a classic Sergio Ramos dismissal. It was a season in which Atletico Madrid would actually win the league, with La Rojiblancos upsetting the duopoly of Spain’s top tier.

Back to Iniesta’s goal, and it was again a link up between the Spaniard and his friend Leo Messi. Peeling from the marking of Dani Carvajal, Iniesta found himself wide on the left flank with space to roam. 

Messi dragged everybody in with his superhuman gravitational pull, and sent the ball into Andres’ path. With touch to settle, Iniesta lashed a thunderbolt into the roof of the net. 

7. 21/11/15: Real Madrid

In a 4-0 thumping, Iniesta helped himself to another thunderous finish. A true example of how to play football, Barca embarrassed their most royal enemy. With Messi not even starting, Iniesta’s genius was allowed to shine brighter than ever. 

A game in which Luis Suarez and Neymar were near unplayable, the Catalan kings flamed Los Blancos in the Bernabeu. The third goal of the game, Iniesta picked up the ball around 30 yards from goal.

Playing a pass to Neymar, the Brazilian trickster rolled an inch perfect backheel into the path of an onrushing Iniesta. Arriving like a speeding freight train, Andres hammered the ball from the edge of the box. 

Sergio Ramos and Marcelo weren’t quick, smart or strong enough to stop the play, and Iniesta’s walloping finish flew right into the top corner past a helpless Keylor Navas. 

8. 21/04/2018: Sevilla

Iniesta’s 57th and final goal for Barcelona came in his last Copa Del Rey final against Sevilla. A game in which Barca cantered past their opponents, they were three goals to the good by half time.

Iniesta’s was the fourth of five, and even though not his most spectacular goal, it’ll be one that lives long in his memory. A fairy-tale ending, Iniesta and Messi combined once again in a classic one-two move.

Under the lights of Atleti’s new Wanda Metropolitano ground, Iniesta burst through Sevilla’s defence finding himself alone in the box. Messi’s ball allowed the captain to round David Soria and tap into an empty net. 

With a Coutinho penalty adding the cherry on top of the icing on the cake, Iniesta’s last Barca final had been perfect. A 5-0 masterclass showed the gap between both teams and was a fitting tribute to a club legend. 

Adios Don Andres, gracias por los recuerdos.

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Barcelona Keen on PSG Star With Paul Pogba Also Shortlisted as Catalans Seek New Midfield General

?Barcelona have reportedly stepped up the chase for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, and are also considering a sensational move for ?Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, as they continue their hunt for a new midfield general.?

According to Mundio Deportivo, 23-year-old Rabiot has repeatedly turned down his current club’s attempts to tie him down with a new contract, and is determined to leave the Parc des Princes this summer. In particular, Rabiot is believed to heartbroken at missing out on a place in Frances victorious World Cup winning squad, and is eager to raise his profile with a move to Barça.

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Rabiot has just one year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 giants, who are likely to cash in on the talented midfielder so as to avoid running the risk of losing him on a free transfer upon the expiration of his deal. It appears to be a matter of when, rather than if the move goes through, as Barcelona look to complete their first major piece of summer transfer business.

The Spanish outlet have also reported that Barcelona are keeping tabs on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, but are insistent that the likes of Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong, Chelsea’s Willian and the aforementioned Rabiot are manager Ernesto Valverde’s primary targets.

Pogba endured a season of mixed fortunes at United last season, with his feast or the famine performances drawing criticism from a number of football pundits, as well as his formidable manager, José Mourinho. However, the 25-year-old starred at the World Cup with France, and has proved that he is more than capable of producing the goods at the highest level.

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It certainly looks set to be a summer of upheaval at Barça, and reports have also suggested that the club could look to offer ?Chelsea their prized youngster Ousmane Dembélé in exchange for Blues talisman Eden Hazard. The Belgian ace is also being coveted by ?Real Madrid, who could capture both the tenacious forward and Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois in one swoop.

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Crystal Palace Interested in Barcelona Forward as Spanish Giants Look to Sell

??Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing ?Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi, as the Catalan club look to offload some of their fringe players.

It is understood that the club’s technical secretary Eric Abidal is eager to sell players quickly due to the transfer deadline adjustments in the Premier League and Serie A.

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Although Palace are interested in signing Munir, they are not willing to meet Barcelona’s initial valuation. The 22-year-old is one of a number of players that Barca are willing to let go, according to Spanish news outlet ?Marca.

Munir has spent the last two seasons on loan in Spain at Valencia and Alaves, featuring regularly for both sides. Palace may face competition from Alaves, who are understood to be interested in re-signing the forward after he scored 10 goals in 33 games on loan.

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The Basque club are likely to be the favourites to sign the Spanish forward, who is rumoured to prefer staying in Spain rather than moving abroad.

Crystal Palace will be hoping to strengthen their attacking options this window after the departures of Bakary Sako and Yohan Cabaye. Munir may prove to be an ample replacement for Sako due to his pace and at the tender age of 22 there is still potential for the player to develop.

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As well as Munir, Barcelona are also reportedly willing to sell Andre Gomes, Raphina, Thomas Vermaelen, Marlon, Yerry Mina, Jasper Cillessen, Serge Samper and Aleix Vidal.

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Chelsea Reject 2 Barcelona Bids for Willian as Blues Hold Out for €80m Asking Price

?Barcelona have made ?Chelsea winger Willian a primary target in this transfer window, but they have already had two bids rejected according to reports from Spain.

?Esport3 claims that Chelsea value the Brazilian at 80m and it appears that they are serious about this valuation, with Barcelona twice submitting bids below that price and twice being knocked back.


Barcelona’s interest in the player comes as a result of their failure to sign Antoine Griezmann, who teetered on the brink of joining the Blaugrana before committing his future to Atletico Madrid prior to France’s World Cup win.

Willian is a slightly cheaper option than Griezmann but also several years older, as he will turn 30 on the eve of the upcoming Premier League season. However, he fits the profile of the type of player that Ernesto Valverde is looking for. 

Valverde was impressed with Willian when Chelsea played Barcelona in last season’s Champions League. He was a constant threat and scored Chelsea’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, before Barcelona blitzed the Blues 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

Willian has the same representatives as his Brazilian teammate, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, and they will liaise between the two clubs to try and encourage forward progress on a transfer if that is what the player desires.

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Despite Chelsea’s 5th place finish in the Premier League last season, Willian’s 13 goals in all competitions made it the most prolific campaign of his career to date.

In five seasons in England, Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances.

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Barcelona Set to Decide Which Defender Will Leave the Club Following Clement Lenglet Arrival

?It’s decision making time at ?Barcelona right now. While Clement Lenglet’s arrival into Camp Nou is undoubtedly a great acquisition for the Catalan club, it leaves Las Blaugrana slightly over encumbered at centre half.

With Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique the undoubted first choice duo in the heart of defence, Ernesto Valverde has three players waiting in the wings as back up: Lenglet, Yerry Mina and Thomas Vermaelen. As a result, one has to leave.

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Considering Lenglet has only just arrived, it doesn’t need explaining that he will undoubtedly stay, and the 23-year-old looks to be the long term replacement for Pique in Barca’s back line.

However, according to Marca, the club are looking to offload either one of Vermaelen or Mina – with the latter expected to depart.

The fact that Mina is a non-EU player doesn’t cause too many problems for the Catalan outfit. Paulinho’s departure has freed up some space, and with Philippe Coutinho soon to have a Spanish passport, another slot will be opened up in the three-man limit.

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However, Mina – although a much better alternative for the future – has failed to adapt to the European game and would fetch a much higher price of €20m compared to the 33-year-old injury-prone Vermaelen.

Another factor is that the Belgian is happy to sit on the bench and only be relied upon when needed, whereas Mina has been after more minutes at Camp Nou.

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With that said, the club aren’t desperate to sell, and will only let one of the players leave should an adequate offer arrive. However, it seems that Mina’s departure is the expected one.

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