Andres Iniesta, Spain

Andres Iniesta, Spain

Andres Iniesta, Spain

Personal information
Full name Andrés Iniesta Luján
Date of birth 11 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Fuentealbilla, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 8
Youth career
1994–1996 Albacete
1996–2001 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Barcelona B 54 (5)
2002– Barcelona 337 (33)
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)
2006– Spain 95 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2014

Age: 29

Club: Barcelona

There’s nothing like pedigree and experience when it comes to FIFA World Cups, so to have Andres Iniesta—a man who won the 2010 edition alongside two European Championships—on your side is a big bonus.

Vicente Del Bosque will have some very tough decisions to make regarding his selections for Spain’s first-choice midfield, and there’s a chance Barcelona stalwart Xavi may not play a pivotal role.

His colleague, Cesc Fabregas, threatens to swoop in and take his place, but no such warning can be presented to Iniesta, whose silky feet and immense vision remain irreplaceable at this level.

“Andresito” is quietly putting together another excellent season at club level and impressed at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

He scored the extra-time winner against the Netherlands in 2010; would you bet against him repeating those heroics four years later