Many Japanese fans retweeted the photo of the pair shaking hands and welcomed Iniesta to the country. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan's Vissel Kobe Thursday, calling his J-League move an "important career challenge".Iniesta, who lifted 32 major trophies and made 674 appearances for Catalan giants Barca, was handed his trademark No. 8 shirt by Vissel owner Hiroshi Mikitani.The Spain icon's decision to choose Kobe arguably represents Japanese football's biggest transfer coup, with many top players now moving to cash-rich Chinese clubs in the twilight of their careers.Iniesta will join former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski in the port city of Kobe after he completed a move from Galatasaray last summer. Podolski was quick to send a "welcome" tweet to Iniesta Thursday.Iniesta, who scored Spain's winning goal against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final, had been top of Mikitani's wishlist.
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