Andres Iniesta is considered as one of the greatest midfielders to have ever graced the sport. The Barcelona captain is known for his vision, creativity, dribbling in addition to his goal scoring prowess. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup final against Netherlands, it was Iniesta’s extra-time goal that eventually decided the game in favour of Spain. Andres thus helped Spain become world champions for the first time in the history. He has also won the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012. The Spanish veteran has 12 goals to his name in 113 matches for Spain till date.
Iniesta recently injured his right knee ligaments in Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Valencia. The Spaniard is reportedly out for 2 months. He is said to be keen on returning to training as soon as possible but has been advised to take some time off and recuperate by the Catalan doctors. While, Iniesta is not someone who is injury-prone, but then again injuries do tend to take a toll on players over time. He must not make rash decisions to make a quick comeback.
At the age of 32, the Spanish ace also needs to prioritise his future commitments. He needs to decide whether it is time to consider international retirement to prolong his club career. His desire to retire from the sport at the iconic Camp Nou is not new, but to do so Iniesta needs to remain fit to cope with the fierce competition.
It should be noted that former Spain and Barcelona maestro Xavi failed to retire early, which ultimately cost him a place in the Barcelona starting XI despite being their captain, eventually, he too was forced to look elsewhere to continue playing on a regular basis. Andres Iniesta must decide between Spain and Barcelona if need be in order to concentrate on club football. Iniesta needs to understand that no one is irreplaceable. So Andres must do whatever it takes to make sure he is associated with the sport he breathes and lives for. If and when Iniesta decides to retire in the foreseeable future, Spain’s loss will certainly be Barcelona gain.
Iniesta needs to understand that no one is irreplaceable. So Andres must do whatever it takes to make sure he is associated with the sport he breathes and lives for. If and when he decides to retire in the foreseeable future, Spain’s loss will certainly be Barcelona gain.
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