Andres Iniesta is a Spanish-born international footballer known for his highly successful stint with La Liga side Barcelona and also with the Spanish national team. He is indeed one of the greatest midfielders of all time, however, Iniesta is widely lauded for his unparalleled ability to flourish in all playing positions. The highly talented player joined Barca’s La Masia youth system in 1996 which marked the beginning of one of the most illustrious fairytale careers ever recorded in football.
Iniesta was part of the historic Barca teams that clinched 2 trebles in 2009 and 2015. He was also instrumental in the Spanish national team which claimed the Euro Championship title in 2008 and 2012. In Spain’s victorious outing at the 2010 World Cup, Iniesta was named Man of the Match after netting the winning goal in the final match against the Netherlands. He has won all there is to win for both club and country and is the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.
Andres Iniesta’s Biography (Age)
Andrés Iniesta Luján was born on May 11, 1984, in Fuentealbilla, a municipality in the province of Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. At a young age, he joined his native club side Albacete Balompié but as they say, a golden fish has no hiding place. As a teenager, Iniesta put up an incredible performance during a seven-a-side tournament that caught the attention of scouts from all over the country.
Iniesta’s parents later decided to send their boy wonder to Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia Youth Academy. He captained Barca’s U-15 squad to clinch the 1999 Nike Premier Cup. He made his Barca senior team debut in 2002, however, he had very little playing time. In the 2004-05 season, Iniesta featured in all but one of the 38 league games, most of which were as a substitute. He earned more starts in the following season due to then captain Xavi’s injury. He proved very instrumental in the club’s league and Champions League double in the 2005-06 season.
In the 2006-07 season, Iniesta was applauded for his rare ability to play effectively in virtually every position. The 2006–07 season was also his highest-scoring season at Barca and he was named as one of the most consistent players in the Spanish La Liga. In 2008, Iniesta was ranked 9th at the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards. The following year, he ranked 5th at the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and 4th at the 2009 Ballon d’Or.
Just like his club career, Andres Iniesta also performed creditably for his Spanish national team. After playing for the country’s Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21, he marked his senior team debut in 2006. He was an integral part of the Spanish team that claimed the Euro 2008 championship. He also scored the country’s crucial winning goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final against the Netherlands. At the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or, Iniesta was the runner-up behind fellow Barca teammate Lionel Messi. He guided the Spanish team to win the Euro 2012 championship, their 2nd successive continental title. He was also placed 3rd at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
A tearful Andres Iniesta announced his departure from Barcelona in April 2018. His glittering stint with the Catalan giants boasts of 8 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League titles among several other titles. With a total of 35 major trophies in his kitty, Andres Iniesta is the most decorated football player of Spanish origin in the history of the game.
Spanish football star Andres Iniesta enjoyed a highly illustrious 16-year career at 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 on the La Liga side. His football prowess which has endeared him so much to football fans also fetched him several juicy endorsements deals with major brands such as Nike.
Iniesta also became a major shareholder in his childhood club Albacete after investing a whopping €420,000 into the club in 2011. In addition to being a sports investor, Iniesta also owns a big wine company ‘Bodega Iniesta winery’ located in his hometown. Thanks to his football career and his successful off-the-pitch business ventures, Andres Iniesta has been able to amass a fortune estimated to be at $90 million.
After announcing his exit from Barcelona in April 2018, the football maestro promptly snapped up a contract with Japanese club side Vissel Kobe. This new deal would have him earn as much as $30 million per annum. Indeed, there is still more money to be made for the former Barca star.
Wife and Family
Legendary footballer Andres Iniesta is married to Anna Ortiz. Their relationship dates way back to the year 2008. After dating for 4 years, the couple tied the knot on July 8, 2012. Theirs is 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 came in May 2017. Unfortunately, the couple’s fourth child, Andrés Jr. died before he was born in March 2014.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Indeed, great things come in small packages. Legendary footballer Andres Iniesta stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm). He has a fit physique with a bodyweight of 68 kg (150 lbs). A very versatile player, Iniesta stands out for his agility and flexibility as well as the fact that he doesn’t lose balls easily even in the midst of several rivals. He started out as a defensive midfielder but due to his creativity with the ball, he promptly advanced into the position of an attacking midfielder.