Andres Iniesta the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at Barca

The midfielder announced his decision to quit Camp Nou on Friday, but called for the Blaugrana to put their faith in La Masia.  
 Andres Iniesta really is leaving Barcelona. The news that all of the club's fans did not want to hear became reality on Friday as the player confirmed his departure in a tearful press conference.

The start of a long and painful goodbye had started last Saturday. In the final of the Copa del Rey, Iniesta signed off with a goal and a vintage display, before leaving the pitch to an ovation from fans of both Barca and Sevilla.

On the way off, he had embraced several of his team-mates and he then sat on the bench for a few minutes, emotion etched on his face as tears flowed down his cheeks. And shortly afterwards, he returned to lift the trophy following a comprehensive 5-0 win.

The pair formed an incredible partnership at Camp Nou, and Pep paid tribute to his former pupil as he said goodbye to the Blaugrana

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Barcelona's success over the past 15 years would not have been possible without Andres Iniesta.

The veteran midfielder announced on Friday he will be leaving Camp Nou at the end of the season following 22 successful years in Catalonia, in which he has lifted 31 trophies with the club.

Iniesta, who also won the European Championship twice and scored Spain's winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, is one of the most decorated graduates from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy and played alongside Guardiola, before working under him when the now Manchester City boss was in charge of the Blaugrana.

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