Andres Iniesta Unveiled As Vissel Kobe Player In Front Of Fans Following Move To Japanese Side From Barcelona

Andres Iniesta was unveiled to Vissel Kobe's fans on Saturday following move to the club

Andres Iniesta was unveiled to Vissel Kobe’s fans on Saturday following his move to the Japanese club.

The Spanish playmaker came out of the tunnel at the club’s Noevir Stadium to smoke machines and walked along a red carpet while waving to supporters.

In his full kit, including wearing No 8 as he did at Barcelona, Iniesta then performed keepy-uppies for the watching crowd and media.

In his full kit, including wearing No 8, Iniesta performed keepy-uppies for the watching crowd

After juggling the ball with ease, Iniesta kicked footballs into the stand full of supporters

After juggling the ball with ease, Iniesta kicked footballs into the stand as fans waved flags and sang.

‘This is a big challenge for me,’ Iniesta told some 4,000 fans through an interpreter two days after signing his contract.

‘I aim to contribute to the team as much as possible.

‘I think I should pursue the best objectives in both football and my life,’ he added, saying he wants Vissel to win the league and ‘if possible, conquer Asia’.

Iniesta appeared before a packed press conference in Tokyo on Thursday along with Kobe’s billionaire owner Hiroshi Mikitani when his move from the La Liga giants was confirmed.

He had said he would probably retire from international football after the World Cup in Russia.

The 34-year-old scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final. He also was a key part of two European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012.

He announced last month he would leave Barcelona after 16 seasons. His last match for them was on Sunday against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp.

His new J-League team are sixth after 15 games and signed Lukas Podolski last year, but the German striker is out until the end of June with an injured calf.

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