Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta luˈxan]; born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder and is the captain of Japanese club Vissel Kobe. He spent most of his career at Barcelona, where he served as the captain for three seasons. Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time.[5][6][7][8]

Andrés Iniesta
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Iniesta with Spain in 2017
Personal information
Full name Andrés Iniesta Luján[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-11) 11 May 1984 (age 36)[2]
Place of birth Fuentealbilla, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3][4]
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Number 8
Youth career
1994–1996 Albacete
1996–2001 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Barcelona B 54 (5)
2002–2018 Barcelona 442 (35)
2018– Vissel Kobe 55 (13)
National team
2000 Spain U15 2 (0)
2000–2001 Spain U16 7 (1)
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 7 (1)
2003 Spain U20 7 (3)
2003–2006 Spain U21 18 (6)
2004–2005 Catalonia 2 (0)
2006–2018 Spain 131 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2020, 17:41 (UTC)

Iniesta came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after an early migration from his birthplace, and impressed from an early age. He made his first-team debut aged 18 in 2002. He began playing regularly during the 2004–05 season and remained in the team until 2018. Iniesta was an integral part of the Barcelona sides that won two historic trebles in 2009 and 2015, and his 35 trophies, which includes nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions League titles, make him the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.[9] After twenty-two years at Barcelona, Iniesta signed for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in 2018.

Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006. He helped Spain win UEFA Euro 2008, playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament. Iniesta was also a key member of the victorious Spanish team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup; he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands, for which he was named the Man of the Match, and was selected to the tournament's All-Star Team. At UEFA Euro 2012, Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match of the final against Italy, and was named the Player of the Tournament.

Iniesta has been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI nine times and was chosen in the UEFA Team of the Year on six occasions. He was named in the All-time UEFA Euro XI. He won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in 2012 and was named the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in 2012 and 2013. Iniesta was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or and achieved third place in 2012.

Club careerEdit

FC BarcelonaEdit

Early careerEdit

Iniesta comes from Fuentealbilla, a small village in the province of Albacete, Castile–La Mancha, where he mostly played futsal due to the lack of football pitches in the village.[10] At the age of 12, while playing for Albacete Balompié in a junior seven-a-side tournament in Albacete, he attracted the attention of scouts from clubs around Spain.[11] His parents knew Barcelona's youth team coach, Enrique Orizaola, and he persuaded them to consider sending Iniesta to the Barcelona youth academy. Iniesta traveled there with his parents and visited La Masia, the farmhouse where the club houses its young players; the trip convinced them to enroll Iniesta in the Barcelona youth ranks.[12]

"Receive, pass, offer, receive, pass, offer."

—Iniesta on La Masia education of ball retention, passing and using space[13]

Iniesta says he "cried rivers" the day he left for La Masia and struggled being separated from his parents;[14] he was very shy and kept to himself while there.[15] He captained the Barcelona Under-15 team to victory in the Nike Premier Cup of 1999, scoring the winning goal in the last minute of the final, and was named player of the tournament. Just after Iniesta arrived at the club, then-captain Pep Guardiola famously told fellow midfielder Xavi: "You're going to retire me. This lad [Iniesta] is going to retire us all."[5]


Iniesta with Barcelona in 2006.

In the 2004–05 season, Iniesta featured in 37 out of 38 league games—more than any other player—although 25 of these were substitute appearances. He scored twice as Barcelona won La Liga.[16] An injury to Xavi at the start of the 2005–06 season allowed Iniesta more regular starts in the centre of midfield, and he continued to improve and develop.[17] He played in 11 UEFA Champions League games, including a half-time appearance in the 2006 final, to replace Edmílson.[18] His contribution to the team was praised by manager Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona won a league and Champions League double.[19]

The 2006–07 season saw Iniesta's profile continue to rise and he earned plaudits for his willingness to play in any position for his team. In the pre-season, he lifted the Joan Gamper Trophy as the captain of the team after a 4–0 victory over German side Bayern Munich. Iniesta played for the first time as a left wing-forward for Barça in two Champions League matches against Levski Sofia, finding the net twice. In the first knockout stage of the same competition, he played in central midfield against Liverpool. Despite being moved around the pitch by manager Rijkaard, the 2006–07 season remains Iniesta's highest scoring thus far.

With the departure of Ludovic Giuly ahead of the 2007–08 campaign, Iniesta was able to switch his number 24 shirt for his preferred number 8.[20] Despite rumours of a possible transfer before the season,[21] he extended his contract to 2014 on 25 January 2008,[22] with his buy-out clause being raised to €150 million.[23] Don Balón, a member of European Sports Magazines, named Iniesta one of the most consistent performers in the previous two seasons of La Liga; he placed fifth in 2006–07 and fourth in 2007–08.[24][25] He also placed ninth in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year voting, gaining 37 total points.[26]


At the start of the 2008–09 season, in September 2008, Iniesta was elected the fourth-choice captain behind, in order of preference, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Víctor Valdés; all four were products of the Barcelona youth system.[27] His performances throughout the season were highly lauded, and he received standing ovations both in Barcelona at the Camp Nou, as well as from rival supporters in away matches.[28] A leg injury sustained in mid-November 2008 left Iniesta sidelined until 3 January; initially expected to return to action in six weeks, he did not want to come back until he was 100 percent. Upon his return to action, as a 65th-minute substitute against Mallorca, he scored a crucial goal after just ten minutes on the pitch and completed a Barcelona comeback in front of the Camp Nou.[29]

Iniesta sustained another injury during a home match against Málaga, but returned to action for the first leg Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, which Barcelona won 4–0.[30] He scored a vital equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time during the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, with a curling strike with the outside of his right foot 25 yards from goal, securing the tie on away goals as the match finished 1–1.[31] In the season review, Un Any Al Paradis, Iniesta wrote, "I connected with that shot with the outside, not the inside or the tip of my boot, but right from my heart, with all my might."[32]

"I knew I would play injured and do more damage. For 17 days, all I thought about was the final in Rome and winning, even knowing that I would do more damage. I'd repeat it, for sure. I love this club and my profession and I wanted to win. If we had lost the final that would have been a total disaster."

—Iniesta on the victorious 2009 UEFA Champions League Final[33]

Iniesta's goal against Chelsea sent Barcelona through to the final in Rome against defending champions Manchester United. Prior to the final, United manager Alex Ferguson identified Iniesta as Barça's biggest threat: "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."[14] Despite a thigh injury, Iniesta played and was influential in the game, providing the assist for the first goal scored by Samuel Eto'o as his team went on to win 2–0.[34] In his analysis, David Pleat wrote, "In the end the midfield artistry of Iniesta and Xavi, helped by [Lionel] Messi, was the critical factor."[35] After the game, United striker Wayne Rooney described Iniesta as the best player in the world.[36]

Iniesta received plaudits for his performances that season; Don Balón rated him as the league's most consistent performer.[37] Later that year, he placed fifth for the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year award, with 134 votes,[38] and fourth for the Ballon d'Or, receiving 149 points.[39] Barcelona extended his contract by one year, until 2015, and raised his buy-out clause to €200 million.[40]


Barcelona won a second successive league title in the 2009–10 season, securing a record 99 points. Individually, however, Iniesta endured a campaign largely disrupted by recurring injuries. He missed pre-season fitness training due to the thigh tear suffered in the 2009 Champions League final.[41] Despite featuring in almost as many matches as the previous season, he did so mostly as a substitute, starting only 20 games throughout.[42] His season came to a premature end in April after he aggravated a previous calf injury during training.[43]

Iniesta playing against Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Champions League, October 2009.

A contributing factor of Iniesta's fractured season were the episodes of psychological instability he suffered privately following the death of his close friend Daniel Jarque, a fellow footballer, in August 2009. Even when physically fit, he was often unable to complete training sessions or exert himself. After seeking psychological help, he experienced catharsis when he scored Spain's match-winning goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, which he dedicated to Jarque by revealing the message "Dani Jarque, always with us" written on his undershirt.[44] "I did it because I felt it deeply," Iniesta said at the time. "It showed that what is more important than rivalry, your team or your colours is to be human and a good person. I am delighted because it was the most important moment in my career."[45] Regarding the recurrent injuries that plagued his season, he said, "It was hard, but I will start with more desire than ever."[45]

Iniesta scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season during the opening league fixture against Racing de Santander, lobbing the ball into the net from a distance of 30 yards.[46] Throughout the campaign, he received standing ovations from opposition fans, including at El Sardinero and the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in appreciation of his World Cup-winning goal.[47] Another standing ovation came on the home pitch of Espanyol in the Derbi barceloní, with the crowd acknowledging his friendship with Daniel Jarque, Espanyol's captain at the time of his death.[48] Iniesta was one of the three finalists for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or alongside Xavi and Messi, placing as runner-up behind the Argentine.[49]

Iniesta started the 2011–12 season by scoring the opening goal in the second leg of the Supercopa de España against rivals Real Madrid. Barcelona went on to win the match 3–2 and the cup 5–4 on aggregate. One of his best goals followed in October against Viktoria Plzeň in the Champions League group stage after an interchange of passes with Messi. Iniesta played a record 51 matches unbeaten in La Liga, concluding with Barcelona's 2–0 defeat of Mallorca on 24 March.[50] In the Champions League, he ended a goal drought by scoring a vital goal against Milan in the quarter-finals. From there, he went on to score in the semi-final against Chelsea to make the scoreline 2–0, but the match ended 2–2, eliminating his team 3–2 on aggregate. Towards the end of the year, on 25 November, Iniesta was named man of the match after scoring one goal and providing three assists in a 4–0 win over Levante.[51] His performances earned him third place in the voting of the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or.[52]

Iniesta lifting the 2015 UEFA Super Cup trophy.


Iniesta signed a new contract with Barcelona in December 2013, keeping him at the club until 2018.[53] As vice-captain, he regularly captained Barça throughout the club's second treble-winning campaign of the 2014–15 season, and became captain after Carles Puyol's retirement and Xavi's departure. Iniesta scored three times during the team's Copa del Rey campaign,[54] and was man of the match in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, having assisted Ivan Rakitić's opening goal in the 3–1 defeat of Italian champions Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[55] Their European victory made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice;[56] Iniesta was among the seven players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.[56]

During the first Clásico of the 2015–16 season, on 21 November, Iniesta became only the third Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona in 1983 and Ronaldinho in 2005, to receive applause from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu.[57] His man-of-the-match performance included a goal and an assist, contributing to a resounding 4–0 victory.[58]

He signed a lifetime contract with Barcelona on 6 October 2017, effectively keeping him with the club for the remainder of his career.[59] He played the 650th game of his career for Barcelona against Levante on 7 January 2018, he was replaced by André Gomes after 76 minutes as the game ended 3–0 in favour of Barcelona.[60]

Despite signing a lifetime contract, on 27 April 2018, Iniesta announced he would be leaving Barcelona by the end of the season.[61] He made his 674th and final appearance for Barcelona on 20 May, in the final league match of the season, a 1–0 home victory over Real Sociedad, as Barcelona celebrated the victory of their 25th league and 30th Copa del Rey title; he came off in the 81st minute for Paco Alcácer.[62]

Vissel KobeEdit

On 24 May 2018, Japanese club Vissel Kobe announced the signing of Iniesta on a three-year deal.[63] He made his debut on 22 July, coming on as a second-half substitute for Kazuma Watanabe in a 0–3 defeat against Shonan Bellmare.[64] On 11 August 2018, Iniesta scored his first goal in the J1 League in a 2–1 win over Jubilo Iwata.[65]

On 21 December 2019, he scored opening goal in a 3–1 win over Shimizu S-Pulse in the semi final of the 2019 Emperor's Cup.[66] On 1 January 2020, he won his first trophy in Japan, starting in Vissel Kobe's 2–0 victory over Kashima Antlers in the final of the 2019 Emperor's Cup.[67]

International careerEdit


Iniesta burst on to the international scene in 2001, helping Spain win the UEFA European Under-16 Championship. After representing his country at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Trinidad and Tobago,[68] he was in the squad that claimed the UEFA European Under-19 Championship the following year. From then, he became a regular choice for youth coach Juan Santisteban. In 2003, he was part of the side that reached the FIFA World Youth Championship final in the United Arab Emirates, and was named in the FIFA all-star team.[69] During his spell with the Spain U21 side, Iniesta was named captain on several occasions.

Iniesta was called up to represent the senior Spain squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup on 15 May 2006, much to the surprise of many. He won his first cap for La Furia Roja when he was brought on at half-time in a friendly against Russia on 27 May.[69] His first goal followed in a friendly against England on 7 February 2007. His long-range effort, hitting the underside of the crossbar on the way in, gave Spain the lead on 63 minutes. Iniesta played a pivotal part in Spain's qualification for UEFA Euro 2008 by scoring goals against Sweden and by assisting the strikers.


Iniesta playing for Spain in September 2013.

Iniesta was selected in Spain's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. Though a stomach ailment somewhat hampered his performances in the group stages, he still played an integral part in the midfield. He played in the first two of Spain's group stage matches and proved an important part of the team, providing a pass for David Villa's second goal against Russia. He was not rested, unlike most of Spain's regulars, for the final group game against Greece, which Spain won 2–1 thanks to a volley from Rubén de la Red and a late winner from Daniel Güiza. Iniesta returned for the quarter-final as Spain beat Italy on penalties; he was substituted before the penalty shootout itself. In the semi-final against Russia, he played the entire 90 minutes and produced a cross that Xavi converted to open the scoring in an eventual 3–0 victory;[70] he was subsequently named the Man of the Match.[71] He played the duration of the final in Spain's 1–0 win over Germany. Iniesta was named in the Team of the Tournament alongside fellow Spain midfielders Xavi, Marcos Senna and six other teammates. Iniesta did not participate in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa due to a thigh muscle injury; Spain was eliminated from the tournament at the semi-final stage.[72]

Iniesta was selected for Spain in the 2010 World Cup and scored the second goal in a 2–1 group stage win against Chile. He was also named man of the match.[73] For his excellent performances in helping Spain reach the final of the tournament, Iniesta was shortlisted for the Golden Ball award.[74] During the final, he scored the winning goal in the 116th minute of a 1–0 win against Netherlands.[75] He earned a yellow card for removing his jersey during his ecstatic goal celebration to reveal his message to his late friend Dani Jarque.[76][77] He won the man of the match award for his performance in the final, which gave Spain its first-ever World Cup.[78]

At UEFA Euro 2012, Iniesta was awarded the man of the match award for his performances in three different matches. He was also selected as man of the match in the final against Italy, which Spain won 4–0. In winning the award, Iniesta became the only Spanish player to win the award at least once in each of Spain's three consecutive successful tournaments.[79] Iniesta was also chosen as the UEFA Euro 2012 Player of the Tournament.[80]

Iniesta with Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia


At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Iniesta was named in the Team of the Tournament and awarded the Silver Ball for the second best player in the competition, as Spain finished runner-up to host nation Brazil.[81] Iniesta started all three matches for Spain at the 2014 World Cup, winning his 100th cap in the team's final group match against Australia.[82] At the UEFA Euro 2016, he assisted the only goal of the match against Czech Republic and put in a man of the match display to give Spain a winning start in the tournament.[83] He started in all four Spain's matches and were later knocked out by Italy in the Round of 16.

In May 2018, Iniesta was named in Spain's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[84] He started in all three matches of the group stage, making an assist for Isco in the 2–2 draw against Morocco on 25 June 2018. He came off the bench in the 67th minute in Spain's last match at the tournament against Russia on 1 July 2018 for the round of 16. After the loss in the penalty shoot-outs, Iniesta announced his retirement from international duty.[85] He amassed 131 senior international caps for Spain and at the time of retiring was the nation's fourth-most-capped player of all-time, behind only Iker Casillas, Xavi, and Sergio Ramos.[86]

Style of play and receptionEdit

Iniesta on the ball for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012

Like fellow La Masia graduate Cesc Fàbregas, Iniesta originally started as a defensive midfielder,[87] but his balance, ball control and agility in close spaces, allied with his skill and flair on the ball, saw him make progress as an attacking midfielder. Beyond his raw talent that was spotted at a young age by Barcelona's scouts, it was his great versatility, work ethic and inventiveness that allowed him to stake a claim on a first-team place at the age of 18.[88][89] Vicente del Bosque described him as "A complete footballer. He can attack and defend, he creates and scores," and Frank Rijkaard said, "I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent."[14] He was used initially as a wide-forward in the absence of Juan Román Riquelme and Ronaldinho by Louis van Gaal and Rijkaard respectively, but made his name as a world-class player in central midfield alongside or in lieu of Xavi, at both club and international level. As says, "It is in this position that his direct style and quick feet can be used to full effect, with the ball seeming glued to his toes as he races into threatening positions." A diminutive midfielder, Iniesta is a player known for his passing, dribbling, vision and movement;[14][90][91] he is also highly regarded for his ability to read the game, as well as his acceleration, and close control at speed, which, when combined with his low centre of gravity, allows him to change direction quickly, get past opponents, and undertake individual runs with the ball, despite not being particularly quick. Moreover, his former manager Guardiola has praised him for "his mastery of the relationship between space and time," which he utilises to his advantage in order to disorient opposing players when in possession.[89][92][93][94][95][96] His signature move is La Croqueta – a move pioneered by Michael Laudrup and popularised by Iniesta – where he quickly pushes the ball from his right foot to his left which takes the ball away from an opponent, allowing him to get out of a tight situation.[97]

"The one who plays this game the best is Iniesta: he knows exactly when to go forward and when to drop back. He picks the right moment to do everything: when to dribble, when to speed things up and when to slow things down. And I think that's the only thing that can't be taught or bought. You can learn how to shoot and how to control the ball, but being aware of everything that's happening out on the pitch – that's something you're either born with or you're not."

Former Argentina playmaker Juan Román Riquelme on Iniesta[98]

Iniesta evades Claudio Marchisio during the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

Much like other Barcelona youth products such as Pep Guardiola, Xavi and Iván de la Peña, Iniesta is a playmaker who relies on his technique, exceptionally precise, creative, and intelligent passing, intuition, movement, and inventiveness to control the midfield, dictate the ebb and flow of play, and create chances or space for teammates.[14][99][100] Iniesta has been praised for his understanding and interplay with Xavi; former Barcelona teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst said of the pair, "They have a special relationship, they always have, they just seem to know where the other one is."[101] Despite not being particularly prolific in front of goal, during his maturation as a player, he has gained a reputation of a big-game player for club and country, assisting a goal in each of the 2009, 2011 and 2015 UEFA Champions League finals,[102] as well as scoring the winner in the 2010 World Cup Final, not to sideline his vital contributions in the 2006 Champions League Final, the 2008 Euro Final and the 2012 Euro Final. He is also the only footballer in history to win the Man of the Match award in a World Cup Final, a Euro Final & a Champions League Final.[103][88][94]

His willingness to play anywhere on the pitch has earned him the sobriquet El Ilusionista (The Illusionist), El Cerebro (The Brain), El Anti-Galáctico (a pun on Real Madrid players' nickname Los Galácticos), El Caballero Pálido (The Pale Knight)[104] and most recently Don Andrés from the Spanish press. Zinedine Zidane also praised Iniesta, stating on the Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, "Iniesta really impresses me. He's got so much influence in Spain's game. He reminds me of myself."[citation needed] He is widely regarded by many in the sport as one of the most respected and best midfielders of all time,[5][6][7][8] and as one of the greatest passers and playmakers in world football history.[105][106] Despite his reserved personality, he was also known for his leadership.[107]

Media and sponsorshipEdit

Iniesta had a sponsorship deal with sportswear company Nike, and has appeared in Nike commercials alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Wayne Rooney.[108] Iniesta features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, and was the sixth-highest rated player in FIFA 15.[109] Iniesta's signature move, La Croqueta, features in FIFA 19.[110] In March 2015, Iniesta had the ninth highest social media rank in the world among sportspeople, with 24 million Facebook fans.[111] On 22 October 2018, Iniesta signed a new sponsorship deal with Japanese sportswear company Asics,[112] with his first signature boot being released on 15 July 2019.[113]

Personal lifeEdit

Iniesta is married to Anna Ortiz; the couple began dating in 2008 and wed on 8 July 2012.[114] They have two daughters, Valeria (born April 2011) and Siena (born May 2017), and a son, Paolo Andrea (born May 2015).[115] They lost an unborn child, son Andrés Jr., due to miscarriage in March 2014.[116] Iniesta is a Catholic.[117]

In 2011, Iniesta invested €420,000 in his boyhood club, Albacete, thus becoming its major shareholder.[118] Two years later, with the club facing administrative relegation to the fourth tier of Spanish football, he loaned them a further €240,000 to cover unpaid wages.[119]

In May 2018, Iniesta revealed to Risto Mejide that he suffered from depression before the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to his injuries and the death of Daniel Jarque.[120][121]

Career statisticsEdit


As of match played 14 October 2020[16][122]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2000–01 Segunda División B 10 0 10 0
2001–02 30 2 30 2
2002–03 14 3 14 3
Total 54 5 54 5
Barcelona 2002–03 La Liga 6 0 0 0 3[b] 0 9 0
2003–04 11 1 3 1 3[c] 0 17 2
2004–05 37 2 1 0 8[b] 0 46 2
2005–06 33 0 4 0 11[b] 1 1[d] 0 49 1
2006–07 37 6 6 1 8[b] 2 5[e] 0 56 9
2007–08 31 3 7 0 11[b] 1 49 4
2008–09 26 4 6 0 11[b] 1 43 5
2009–10 29 1 3 0 9[b] 0 1[f] 0 42 1
2010–11 34 8 5 0 10[b] 1 1[d] 0 50 9
2011–12 27 2 6 2 8[b] 3 5[g] 1 46 8
2012–13 31 3 5 2 10[b] 1 2[d] 0 48 6
2013–14 35 3 6 0 9[b] 0 2[d] 0 52 3
2014–15 24 0 7 3 11[b] 0 42 3
2015–16 28 1 4 0 7[b] 0 5[h] 0 44 1
2016–17 23 0 5 0 8[b] 1 1[d] 0 37 1
2017–18 30 1 5 1 8[b] 0 1[d] 0 44 2
Total 442 35 73 10 135 11 24 1 674 57
Vissel Kobe 2018 J1 League 14 3 1 0 15 3
2019 23 6 2 1 25 7
2020 18 4 1 0 2[i] 0 1[j] 0 22 4
Total 55 13 4 1 2 0 1 0 62 14
Career totals 551 53 77 11 137 11 25 1 790 76
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, Emperor's Cup and J.League Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  6. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  7. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances and one goal in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  9. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League
  10. ^ Appearance in Japanese Super Cup


As of 1 July 2018[123][124]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2006 8 0
2007 12 4
2008 14 1
2009 5 0
2010 15 3
2011 9 1
2012 14 1
2013 17 0
2014 8 1
2015 5 1
2016 8 0
2017 8 1
2018 8 0
Total 131 13

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Iniesta goal.[124]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 February 2007 Old Trafford, Manchester, England   England 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 28 March 2007 Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain   Iceland 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 8 September 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland   Iceland 1–1 1–1
4. 17 November 2007 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain   Sweden 2–0 3–0
5. 25 October 2008 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium   Belgium 1–1 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 25 June 2010 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa   Chile 2–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
7. 11 July 2010 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa   Netherlands 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Final
8. 12 October 2010 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland 2–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9. 2 September 2011 kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland   Chile 1–2 3–2 Friendly
10. 29 February 2012 La Rosaleda Stadium, Málaga, Spain   Venezuela 1–0 5–0
11. 30 May 2014 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville, Spain   Bolivia 2–0 2–0
12. 5 September 2015 Carlos Tartiere Stadium, Oviedo, Spain   Slovakia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
13. 11 November 2017 La Rosaleda Stadium, Málaga, Spain   Costa Rica 5–0 5–0 Friendly


Iniesta (second from left) and his teammates celebrate winning the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.


Vissel Kobe

Iniesta and his teammates celebrate winning the UEFA Euro 2012.




See alsoEdit


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