Struggling to hold back the tears, Iniesta said: “I understand that in the near future I will not be able to give the best of myself.” REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Andres Iniesta confirmed Friday he would leave Barcelona at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on a phenomenally successful career at the club, but said a move to China is yet to be finalized.Iniesta is expected to continue his career at a club in the Chinese Super League but remained tight-lipped on his next destination. After joining Barca's academy, La Masia, aged 12, Iniesta blossomed into one of the Catalans' greatest ever players, winning four Champions League and eight La Liga titles, and lifting the World Cup with Spain.Guardiola's Barca, which won La Liga three times in a row between 2009 and 2011, as well as the Champions League twice, enjoyed Iniesta at his mesmerizing best.Iniesta's succession will not be easy, particularly for Barcelona, whose original "tika-takas" are now down to Messi, 30, Sergio Busquets, 29, and Gerard Pique, 31 .
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