One of the most popular footballers of the modern generation, Andres Iniesta is a Barcelona and Spain legend by his own right. A one-club man throughout his entire life, he also finished 2nd to Lionel Messi on the Ballon d’Or podium. While Iniesta is known for making goals instead of scoring them , the current Vissel Kobe man surely has had an ecstasic career decorated with two Euros, a World Cup, a number of La Liga title and two trebles to his name. We look at the Top 5 goals Andres Iniesta has scored.
5. Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona, 2007-08 UEFA Champions League
One of the most important goals in modern footballing history, Andres Iniesta shocked the Chelsea faithfuls in stoppage time of a Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg as he scored from just outside the box after being layed off to shoot into the top corner. The goal sparked a frenzy of emotions and is fondly remembered by Barca fans as the ‘Iniestazo’, the most important goal that helped the Catalans on their way to the treble that year under Pep Guardiola.
4. FC Barcelona v PSG, 2015-16 UEFA Champions League
In what was one of the historic games of his career, Andres Iniesta scored the second goal in a magical 6-1 Barca victory over fellow Champions League contenders Paris St. Germain at the Camp Nou. It was an impossible target, overcoming a deficit of 4-0 from the first leg, but Barca stood up and delivered in style and Suarez scored the first one and Iniesta made it 2 just before halftime to send strong signs of a Barca overhaul.
The goal was a piece of art, a deflection from Thiago Silva, but what stands out was the legend’s ambition and urge to keep going goalwards and keep pushing the defense. In short, his intent characterized Barca’s character on the day – Never Give Up.
3. Spain v England, 2007 Friendly
Andres Iniesta oversaw a golden period in Spanish football, one that coincide with players of the likes of Xavi, Pedro, Villa, Puyol, Casillas and also Ramos. The period stretched from 2008 to 2012 when Spain won the Euro for the last time in recent history.
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The Spanish legend was at the fulcrum of it as he smashed home a wonderful goal from outside the box against England in a Friendly at Wembley in 2007, signs of Spanish dominance clearly in the air.
2. FC Barcelona v Real Madrid, 2010-11 La Liga
On what was one of the best performances by the Spanish and Barca legend in his long and glittering career, we talk about a night when Iniesta didn’t score any but created 3 goals in a Barcelona 5-0 rout of Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.
Overseen by then manager Jose Mourinho, the league leaders were taken apart by the Barca midfield who toyed with their Madrid counterparts, in specific, Iniesta who made key passes and interceptions every time he had the chance. The entire game was played on a possession based model by Pep’s Barca, a brilliant example of perfect implementation of the tiki-taka.
1. Spain v Netherlands, 2010 World Cup Final
Andres Iniesta’s marquee moment as a footballer arrived in the FIFA World Cup Final of the 2010 edition as he smashed home from inside the box on a night where his was the only goal to be scored. The Spanish had had a very good World Cup, overcoming the likes of Italy and Germany but the Final proved to be tricky as the Dutch were really hard to break down.
The introduction of Cesc Fabregas gave the Spanish a fluidity in their play and ultimately culminated with Iniesta’s goal to give La Roja their first World Cup in history.