Iniesta is the only player in the world with better vision than Messi. Just to be clear, Messi has produced passes that we all thought were impossible.
But Iniesta does it better.
His ability to keep position at all cost made him one of the most valuable player for both Spain and Barcelona.
There’s a reason why people call him the Illusionist.
His true qualities can be noticed on big matches, like the semi-final against Chelsea and the World Cup final against Netherlands.
He is humble, but yet explosive on the pitch. You won’t see him doing no-look passes, but if you need someone to handle 5 Italian players, Iniesta is the perfect guy for the job:
Player like Iniesta brings all the creativity on the pitch. He can dribble, assist, score and keep possession.
Every coach out there admires the Spaniard, and would love to have him on the team. Even players from Barca’s biggest rival only have great things to say about Andreas.
“Iniesta is the boyfriend that every mother wants her daughter to have. The figures over his career tell you all you need to know. He is a magical player. There are few players in the world that can compare to him.” — Sergio Ramos
“I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent.” — Frank Rijkaard
“When I see him play these days, he reminds me of Xavi. He was always a top quality player. He started very young with us, and it’s crazy to see how he has gone on to make so much history.” — Ronaldinho
“He reminds me of myself.” — Zinedine Zidane
“When I said Iniesta was the world’s best, you laughed. Now you can see I’m right.”” — Samuel Eto’o
“When he has the ball, it’s like everything else stops – like the camera is going in slow motion.” — Fernando Torres
“The press often ask me about whether Messi or Ronaldo is the best, but for me something is very clear: Andres Iniesta is the number one. He is able to do even more difficult things on the pitch. He is magic with the ball and so influential.” — David Silva
“He is the complete footballer. He can attack and defend, he creates and scores.” — Vicente del Bosque
“He’s fantastic. He makes the team work. The way he finds passes, his movement and ability to create space is incredible. He’s so important for Barcelona.” — Sir Alex Ferguson
Iniesta is 32 years old, and he still plays on top level. He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down either:
He still is a key player in Enrique’s team. Barcelona can’t even think about challenging for the Champions League title, if Don Andrés is not in the team.
Iniesta missed the opening of La Liga, because of the bruised knee injury he picked up against Sevilla. He is set to return on the pitch in around two weeks.
His absence will be felt, but let’s hope Barcelona takes another 3 points in the upcoming league match against Ath. Bilbao.