Andrés Iniesta is Actually Leaving Barcelona

Andres Iniesta has never won the Ballon d'Or but Sergio Ramos believes he deserved

Along with fellow Spaniard Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta formed what many regard as the best-ever central midfield partnership as the La Liga outfit dominated European football in an unforeseen manner.

FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has confirmed his departure from the Spanish side at the end of the season. He lifted eight Spanish Leagues, six Copas del Rey, four Leagues of Champions and three Club World Cups.

In a press conference attended by members of the first team and the club's board on Friday, Iniesta said he wanted to finish at Barca "feeling useful, feeling important and still winning titles".

The Spanish global has been closely linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, although he refused to confirm he will be joining Chongqing Dangdai Lifan as has been widely reported.

'People think the manager helps the players but in a few cases, Andres is one of them, he helped me to understand the game better.

"I've always said that Leo is a fundamental part of this team and its bid to win trophies and so for me as a teammate and a player, to have him by my side has been unique and magic". For me, Barca is the best club in the world - this club has given me everything.

A move to City would have reunited Iniesta with former boss Pep Guardiola while Arsenal have been linked with another of the player's former Barcelona bosses Luis Enrique to replace the outgoing Arsene Wenger.

"I could spend so many minutes talking about what Andres Iniesta means to Barcelona and football", he told reporters.

With it looking increasingly likely that Iniesta's near-flawless 22-year stint at the Camp Nou will be coming to an end of the season, France Football have moved to atone for their lamentable oversight.

"I said I would never play against Barca so it is not going to be in Europe", he said.

"That is the good thing about this national team, that we have given joyful days to those anonymous heroes who don't often get the chance to smile".

The captain of Barcelona's fiercest rivals, Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos told Cadena Cope, "If he was called Andresinho instead of Iniesta, he would have won two Ballon d'Or titles".

Barcelona have confirmed, however, that both will be in attendance for Iniesta's official send-off next month.

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