Andres Iniesta is a Spanish-born international footballer who is known for his extremely successful work with the La Liga team Barcelona and also with the Spanish national team. He is indeed one of the greatest midfielders of all time, but Iniesta is widely praised for his unparalleled ability to develop in all playing positions. The highly talented player joined the youth system at Barca’s La Masia in 1996, which marked the beginning of one of the most famous fairytale careers in football ever.
Iniesta was one of Barca’s historic teams, who scored two triples in 2009 and 2015. He was also instrumental in the Spanish national team winning the European Championship in 2008 and 2012. Iniesta was named Man of the Match in Spain’s victorious campaign at the 2010 World Cup after scoring the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands. He has won everything there is to win for both the club and the country and is the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.
Andres Iniesta Biography (Age)
Andrés Iniesta Luján was born on 11 May 1984 in Fuentealbilla, a municipality in the province of Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. At a young age, he joined his home club Albacete Balompié, but as they say, a golden fish has no hiding place. As a teenager, Iniesta showed an incredible performance during a seven-mile tournament that attracted the attention of scouts from all over the country.
Iniesta’s parents later decided to send her wonder boy to the prestigious La Masia Youth Academy in Barcelona. He was the captain of Barca’s U-15 team and won the Nike Premier Cup in 1999. He made his senior Barca debut in 2002 but had very little playing time. In the 2004-05 season, Iniesta played in all but one of the 38 league games, most of them as a substitute. The following season he earned more starts due to the injury of the then captain Xavi. He proved to be very important for the league and the club’s Champions League doubles in the 2005/06 season.
In the 2006-07 season, Iniesta was applauded for his rare ability to play effectively in virtually any position. The 2006-07 season was also his highest-scoring season with Barca, and he was described as one of the most consistent players in the Spanish La Liga. In 2008, Iniesta was ranked 9th in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. The following year he finished 5th in the FIFA World Player of the Year Award and 4th in the Ballon d’Or 2009.
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As in his club career, Andres Iniesta has also performed well for his Spanish national team. After playing for the country’s U-16, U-19, and U-21 teams, he made his debut in the senior national team in 2006. He was an integral part of the Spanish team that won the 2008 European Championship. He also scored the country’s decisive winning goal against the Netherlands in the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or, Iniesta finished second behind his team-mate Lionel Messi. He led the Spanish team to win the 2012 European Championship, their second continental title in a row. He also finished 3rd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012.
In tears, Andres Iniesta announced his departure from Barcelona in April 2018. His glittering career with the Catalan giants can boast 8 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League titles, and several other titles. With a total of 35 major trophies in his coffers, Andres Iniesta is the most decorated football player of Spanish origin in the history of football.
Andres Iniesta Net Worth
Spanish football star Andres Iniesta looks back on a highly illustrious 16-year career in one of the most successful football franchises in the world. Throughout his career as a Barca player, he remained one of the highest-paid players in La Liga. His footballing skills, which have made him so popular with football fans, have also earned him several juicy sponsorship contracts with major brands such as Nike.
Iniesta also became the main shareholder of his children’s club Albacete, having invested a whopping 420,000 euros in the club in 2011. Iniesta is not only a sports investor, but also owns a large wine company, the “Bodega Iniesta winery” in his hometown. Thanks to his football career and his successful off-field ventures, Andres Iniesta has been able to accumulate an estimated net worth of $90 million.
Following the announcement of his departure from Barcelona in April 2018, the maestro of football promptly signed a contract with Japanese club Vissel Kobe. This new contract would earn him up to 30 million dollars a year. In fact, even more, money could be earned for the former Barca star.
Wife and Family
The legendary footballer Andres Iniesta is married to Anna Ortiz. Their relationship dates back to 2008, and after four years together, the couple entered into a marriage on 8 July 2012. They are a Catholic family.
The cute couple has 3 children; 2 daughters and a son. In April 2011 they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Valeria. In May 2015 the couple welcomed their second child, a son named Paolo Andrea, and the third; a daughter named Siena arrived in May 2017. Unfortunately, the couple’s fourth child, Andrés Jr. died before he was born in March 2014.
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Height And Other Body Measurements
Indeed, great things come in small packages. The legendary footballer Andres Iniesta stands at a height of 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches). He has a fit physique with a bodyweight of 68 kg (150 lbs). Iniesta is a very versatile player, who is characterized by his agility and flexibility and by the fact that he does not easily lose balls even in the midst of several rivals. He started out as a defensive midfielder, but thanks to his creativity with the ball he quickly advanced to an offensive midfielder.