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First steps under Louis Van Gaal

At just 18 years of age, more precisely on 29 October 2002, Louis Van Gaal handed Andrés Iniesta his first team debut. The Dutch coach gave the young midfielder a chance in a Champions League game against Club Brugge that the blaugranes won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Joan Román Riquelme.  

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First goal

Iniesta was still dividing his time between the B team and the first team when he scored for the first time. The historic moment came in a game against Levante in the Copa del Rey, fitting enough, at home in Camp Nou. The man from Fuentealbilla had only been on the field three minutes when he made it 3-1 to the blaugranes. 

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First Champions League title

An FC Barcelona team coached by Frank Rijkaard claimed the Club’s second Champions League in 2006. Iniesta appeared in the second half of the final against Arsenal in Paris with the blaugranes losing 1-0. The equaliser was started by a great pass from the midfielder which Larsson picked up and fed Eto’o. The arrival of Iniesta helped turn the game in Barça’s favour and allowed him to celebrate his first win in the competition. 

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Stamford Bridge

6 May 2009 and Andrés Iniesta scores one of the most famous goals in FC Barcelona’s history. It came in the semi-final of the Champions League against Chelsea with Barça losing 1-0 in London. His strike from the edge of the box gave Barça a place in the final and was the first step on the journey to recording an historic treble. 

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Barça podium in 2010 Ballon d’Or

In 2010 the midfielder from La Mancha completed a blaugrana top three in the Ballon d’Or award alongside team mates Xavi Hernández and Leo Messi. Iniesta was runner up behind the Argentine. Messi, Iniesta and Xavi, three Barça legends who came through La Masia who made history, a podium never seen before in the history of FC Barcelona. 

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First goal against you know who

His first against Barça’s eternal rivals Real Madrid came after a great pass from Leo Messi. Iniesta rounded it off with a great finish past Iker Casillas. The current blaugrana captain has scored three times against Madrid, his first coming in the 2011 Spanish Super Cup which Barça won 5-4 on aggregate. 

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Iniesta, best player in Europe

The Barça star won the best player in Europe award in 2012, two years after being named runner up in the Ballon d’Or. The midfielder was in fantastic form that year alongside his team mate Xavi Hernández. In 2012 Iniesta offered the fans the award of the best player in Europe. 

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An historic title

The fifth victory in the Champions League for Barça was the fourth for Andrés Iniesta. The captain until the 77th minute when he handed the armband to friend and team mate Xavi Hernández. Iniesta guided the side to victory and in doing so, along with Xavi, equalled the record of Clarence Seedorf on four Champions League titles. 

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29 trophies, a record

Andrés Iniesta, together with Leo Messi, lifted up his 26th title with FC Barcelona in December 2015. The current captain moved past his predecessor Xavi as the player with most honours at the Club. At the moment both he and Messi have 29 to their name. 

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Andrés Iniesta’s most recent goal came in the Champions League against Celtic. The midfielder fired home a cross from Neymar to end a drought of seven months without finding the net. His second to last goal came against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. 

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