Andres Iniesta Waves Goodbye To Barcelona With A Stunning Medal Collection

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta will play his final game for the club after a trophy-laden career

Barcelona have already suffered one big loss at the very end of this campaign after their unbeaten La Liga run perished in their penultimate game following a 5-4 loss at Levante.

They will suffer another, even if they defeat Real Sociedad on Saturday to complete a season where they wrestled the Spanish title off Real Madrid with relative ease.

The match will mark the final appearance of Andres Iniesta in a Barcelona shirt, the club he has been at since he was a boy, following the captain’s tearful announcement in April that he would depart the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

Iniesta is ranked as one of the great modern players - but is that reflected in his trophies?

Iniesta has won 22 major trophies in his career, leaving almost every other player in his wake

Iniesta has won a variety of honours in his time at Barca, but we are counting the major gongs

The 34-year-old joined Barca’s academy in 1996 and has not looked back since, amassing 674 appearances since his first-team debut in 2002.

From being a fresh faced kid featuring alongside the likes of Frank de Boer and Patrick Kluivert to the midfield stalwart helping Barca become a dominant force in Europe along with stars like Lionel Messi, Iniesta has seen it all during his 16 years in the first team.

By all, we mean trophies. The Spanish international has amassed quite a collection of winners’ medals over the years that the majority of teams would settle for in their entire existence.

Iniesta is ranked as one of the great modern players – but is that reflected in his trophies?

Top 10 – European trophies

This list only features the recognised major UEFA tournaments in the Champions League and the Europa League, so the UEFA Super Cup is out. For argument’s sake the Cup-Winners’ Cup would have been considered, but is not a factor when deciding the top 10.

1. Dani Alves 5

= Jose Antonio Reyes 5

3. Gerard Pique 4

= Cristiano Ronaldo 4

= Andres Iniesta 4

= Xavi 4

= Lionel Messi 4

= Adriano 4

= Beto 4

= Vitolo 4

= Kevin Gameiro 4

Top 10 – league titles

1. Arjen Robben 10

2. Gianluigi Buffon 9

= Zlatan Ibrahimovic 9

= Lionel Messi 9

= Andres Iniesta 9

= Thiago Alcantara 9

7. Thiago Motta 8

= Dani Alves 8

= Xavi 8

= Patrice Evra 8

= Gerard Pique 8

= Franck Ribery 8

Top 10 – domestic cups

1. Thiago Motta 11

2. Javier Pastore 9

= Edinson Cavani 9

= Thiago Silva 9

= Marquinhos 9

= Marco Verratti 9

7. Dani Alves 8

= Ashley Cole 8

= Blaise Matuidi 8

10. Arjen Robben 7

= Gerard Pique 7

= Angel di Maria 7

= Lucas Moura 7

Top 10 – international trophies

Due to the vast range of international competitiveness from across the world, this list has a cut-off point of the World Cup and continental competitions that feature a World Cup winner – thus the European Championship and the Copa America.

Also omitted is the international form of the Community Shield in the Confederations Cup, as well as Club World Cups. As a result you have Spain’s three straight tournament wins rivaled only by players from Chile’s double Copa America winning sides.

Three trophies = Iker Casillas, Raul Albiol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Ramos, David Silva, Pepe Reina

Two trophies = David Villa, Santi Cazorla, Gerard Pique, Juan Mata, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Fernando Llorente, Javi Martinez, Jesus Navas, Alexis Sanchez, Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla, Francisco Silva, Jose Fuenzalida, Mauricio Pinilla, Eduardo Vargas, Jean Beausejour, Gonzalo Jara, Charles Aranguiz, Marcelo Diaz, Johnny Herrera

Top 10 major trophy wins

1.Andres Iniesta 22

= Dani Alves 22

3. Thiago Motta 21

= Gerard Pique 21

5. Lionel Messi 19

6. Sergio Busquets 18

= Arjen Robben 18

= Xavi 18

9. Gianluigi Buffon 16

= Zlatan Ibrahimovic 16


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