Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta completes move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 May 2018, 09:22

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has officially put pen to paper and signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

The Spaniard was linked with a switch to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Man City in a reported player-coach capacity, however he’s instead decided to venture over to the Land of the Rising Sun.

The J-League club Vissel Kobe are owned by Iniesta’s friend Hiroshi Mikitani, and managed by Takayuki Yoshida, who will no doubt be thrilled at the club’s new blockbuster signing, who left Barcelona over the weekend after a 22-year stay with the club.

Iniesta became of the most decorated players in history after amassing an incredible haul of 22 trophies, including a whopping nine La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

This summer he’ll make his final bow for Spain who are targeting World Cup glory for the second time in eight years.

Back in 2010 he scored the winning goal in his man-of-the-match performance against Netherlands in the final, while he also played a key role in the 2008 and 2012 European Championship triumphs.

Iniesta’s new side Kobe are currently captained by former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski who signed for the club last year.

At the time of writing Ushi (The Cows) are 6th in the J1 League table, five points adrift of the top-3, meaning they are on course to better last season’s 9th place standing.

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