A look back at the Andres Iniesta quotes including his quotes on Barcelona and his own playing style.
Andres Iniesta is among the greatest football players of all time. He was Spain's and Barcelona's best creative force during their historic spell from 2008 to 2012. Iniesta played almost his entire career at Barcelona, winning absolutely everything with his club and country.Iniesta
formed one of the best midfielder dues in the history of football alongside his team mate, Xavi. Such was his importance forBarcelona
and Spain national team that after his retirement, neither of them could reach the height they experienced with Iniesta on the field.
Iniesta is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of football and a true the model for the youngsters. He joined Barcelona's famous academy, La Masia as a child and spent 20 years at the club. During his highly successful career, The Spanish superstar won 9 La Liga titles, 4 Copa del Rey titles and 4 UEFA Champions League title. He also won two back-to-back European Championships and the 2010 World Cup withSpain national team
Iniesta was also one of the most loved players of all time. He was famously applauded byReal Madrid
fans at the Santiago Bernabeu. He scored few goals, but some of them were historic ones, like his goal againstChelsea
in the semi-final of the 2008-09 UCL and more importantly, the goal against Netherlands in the final of the 2010 World Cup. He is indeed one of the most enigmatic personalities in the history of football. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of the
Andres Iniesta quotes
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Andres Iniesta played alongside Messi at Barcelona and has always backed-up the Argentine in the never-ending topic of who is the Goat in the history of football. The followings are the
best quotes by Andres Iniesta
about Messi and Ronaldo:
Even without the armband Messi always operates like a captain. They have a squad, a group of players, that I’ve always said are ideal for managing a team. And he’s captain of Argentina so he doesn’t need much advice from me.
Each person is free to their own opinions and feelings. A player at his level, with five Ballon d'Or, obviously he is among the best.
From there, we all have our own preferences. Mine is clear. I'd go with my teammate, with Leo, for all that he's represented and still represents. But everyone has their own tastes.
The winners of these awards are always fair, I don't think it's unfair that Ronaldo has won five. They're voted for. After that, everyone has their own preferences.
Andres Iniesta is truly one of the best in the history of football. He was one of those players who demonstrate their creativity and character on the field with a level close to perfection. The followings are the Andres Iniesta quotes on football, Barcelona and Spain national team.
If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it's more satisfying when you have struggled.
I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field.
You have different sorts of people in life, so why should it be any different in football?
There is no rule that says a footballer needs to be 'this high' and 'this wide.'
If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career.
There are moments when the human body can overcome things you would never expect.
Every player wants to be as complete as possible and goals for a central midfielder are very important.
People see footballers as different beings, as if we're untouchable, as if nothing ever happens to us, but we're people. Of course we're privileged, but in the tangibles, we're the same.
There was no time to think, I just hit it.
(On his goal against Chelsea in 2008)
That generation will never be repeated but what follows does not have to necessarily be worse in terms of how the club fares, I had seen Puyol go, I had seen Víctor go, and then Xavi had gone … you concentrate on your own day-to-day, you still have a great team around you, top players.”
There have been all sorts of eras in the club’s history: young players used to get a chance in the first team when results were bad and they had to turn to the youth team. That happened in my era, But then you have the period when you have 10, 11, 12 players from the youth team in the first-team squad. It depends on who the coach is, the situation of the club, but I always think that a player in the youth system who is good enough to play in the first team reaches the first team.
La Masia is a place where lots of people live together but you are on your own.
A great deal of who I am is down to Barca and La Masia - I am very thankful to them.
It was many years living this club, growing up here since we were very young, getting into the first team and staying there for 10, 12, 15 years, becoming captains. We were all formed here as people. It’s difficult for something like that to happen. It’s very difficult. We’re talking about Barcelona, a club with the best players. Víctor, Puyol, Xavi, me: we came up in a scenario to Busi [Sergio Busquets], Piqué, and Leo [Messi].
When it does end, I have always said that I would love to go back to Barça. It all depends on how? In what role? What situation? Who is at the club? That’s some way off. But with everything I experienced there, all the feelings I have, I would love to go back.”
We’ll now continue with our own separate stories. But I hope I can be back at La Masia in the future because I view it as my home. I hope one day to be able to transmit everything that I have learned and been taught, and what I’ve done over so much time.
David Villa had the ball on the left. He slipped his marker and crossed with his left foot. David Silva went for a header and the ball dropped to me. I controlled it, the ball bounced and I hit it across the goal… and it went in off the bar, 1-0. It was a nice way to start. It was also when the team started having a lot of stability in terms of style and results. (His first goal against Manchester United)
I don’t know how to quantify it, but a lot. It was a very important moment. Everything that came before was good, but everything that came afterwards was amazing. It changed everything, but more on the outside than the inside.
I felt really strong, very confident. I wanted the ball, I wanted to be decisive, if there was a player in front of me I wanted to go past him. I felt the confidence to be decisive and that’s how it turned out. I’ve watched the game again and I got better as it went on. In extra time I played with composure and strength. Like everybody, I desperately wanted to win that game.
(On his goal against Netherlands
at the final of 2010 World Cup)
It’s not like I feel I’ve got a monkey on my back for not having played at the Olympics. I’ve played at World Cups and European Championships but the Games just didn’t happen.
I remember the World Cup in 1994 very well. I was 10 years old and it’s imprinted on my mind. We were so close… it was an excellent squad with some great players like Luis Enrique, Caminero, Guardiola, Goicoetxea… That’s my first memory of La Roja.
Aragones said I should be a bit more goal-minded and I tried. It’s not that I didn’t want to have a shot at decisive moments because everybody likes scoring goals. But I maybe had a different mentality to look for the pass or another option before having a go myself. When I did shoot, it was because I thought it was the best option at the time.
I represented Spain for 12 years. Injuries meant I missed some games but overall, I’m proud to have worn the shirt for so long.
In this part we will have a look at the
popular quotes by Andres Iniesta
about himself, his life and his careers.
I don’t consider myself a star.
When I was 12-years old, my father saved three months to buy me football boots. I remember where I came from.
Football’s been my life. It has been since I was four or five, since I started kicking the ball around the village with my dad. It’s been the motor, the driving force of my life and the lives of the people around me; you become the axis around which everything turns. I’ve had an incredible experience, shared with my family. It’s been a fairytale, really – everything I lived, how I lived it. And then something new will begin that will, I’m sure, be very nice. Football’s been my life and I hope it continues to be.
Thinking about how many goals I scored isn’t what matters. I’d like to have scored more, of course. But the important thing is that I really enjoyed my time playing for Spain. There were difficult moments and unique moments, some of the best of my career. Thinking about how many goals I scored isn’t what matters. I prefer to remember everything else.
Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn't move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.
My father has made a museum with my cuttings and photographs.
In the past, I had my idols but today I enjoy learning from all the soccer I watch.
What I do when speaking in public is trying to do it as best as possible and trying to make everybody comfortable with my words. Sometimes getting this is very difficult, but I try my best.
I want to extend my career for as long as I can.
Most things come from inside; they're intuitive. That's the way I am.
It's true that time is against me, and I am closer to hanging up my boots, but one thing I have clear is that I will be involved in football. I don't know how, but I will be related to football. It's my life.
It’s not something that’s personal for me. I think any Spanish player from that era would have deserved it. But at the end of the day it’s an annex. It’s not football in itself. (On not winning the Ballon d'OR)
“There are days when I watch clips of things like the last league game or some event… What happened to me over those days was something magical that I’ll never forget”
Since the very first day I have felt very comfortable. I’ve met people who are very willing to help.
I’ve encountered a lot of heat and humidity. Especially at first when you haven’t trained much, you feel that more.
Generally the style of play perhaps isn’t quite as unhurried as I have been used to after so much time. But I’m delighted to be experiencing all this.
As soon as I saw her, I had an intense crush, I fell in love, but she made me suffer and didn't make it easy.
(On meeting his wife for the first time)
The strength in people means that these things happen or they don’t. After the difficult moments came the best moments of my life. It took months of work and sacrifice but then everything turned out the way it did.
Some people like you, some people don't. In the end you just have to be yourself.
I get the feeling people respect me and that there is affection for me. That makes me happy.
If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it's more satisfying when you have struggled.
I'm back? I never went away.
When you need help, you have to look for it: at times, it's necessary. People are specialists; that's what they're there for. You have to use them.
We wrap up our article on Andres Iniesta quotes with the best quotes on Andres Iniesta himself from other football great stars.
"Iniesta’s the most inventive player in Spanish football at the moment. He’s like Harry Potter. One, two, three and whoosh… he’s past the player. It’s like he has a magic wand". (Luis Enrique)
"When he has the ball, it’s like everything else stops – like the camera is going in slow motion" (Fernando Torres)
Iniesta doesn’t dye his hair, he doesn’t wear earrings and he hasn’t got any tattoos. Maybe that makes him unattractive to the media but he is the best" (Pep Guardiola)
"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)
"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)
With Xavi, he has helped Barcelona dominate the Champions League for the past 10 years. With his passing, he is one of the greatest. (Marco van Basten)
"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)
"I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent." (Frank Rijkaard)
"Andres and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents. But he has something that always amazes me. There’s always a moment when you think you’re going to catch him, when
you think you’re going to get the ball off him, but you can’t. He’s not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique." (Lionel Messi)
(Some of the quotes in this article are from Iniesta's interviews with the Guardian, Marca and Barcelona website)
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