Andres Iniesta has ended speculation about his future with Barcelona by signing a ‘lifetime’ contract with the club. The 33-year-old was due to leave the club at the end of the campaign, as his contract was running out. It had opened the door towards another Barcelona great leaving the club in subsequent campaigns. The incredible Barcelona generation that managed to win the lot during the regime of Pep Guardiola has slowly been replaced by new stars. The likes of Xavi and Carlos Puyol have left the club, and Iniesta seemed next in the pipeline for an exit.
The 33-year-old has made 639 appearances for the Spanish club and he is only second behind Xavi, who stands with a record of 767 appearances. After having been with the Barcelona since 1996, it always required a major shift in order to witness Iniesta making the switch away from the club.
Barcelona have been able to agree a ‘lifetime’ contract which will see the midfielder retire at the club. The last few years have seen Iniesta’s contribution to the first-team decline substantially. The midfielder was especially outstanding for a period of three years from 2010 to 2013. In the three seasons during this time, Iniesta came in with 23 goals in all competitions. Yet, he has only scored two goals in his last three campaigns. The 33-year-old has been holding the captain’s armband for the last two years, and he is the most successful Barcelona player – alongside Lionel Messi – after having won 30 titles with the club.