A video of Andres Iniesta ‘before he was famous’ has surfaced online – and it certainly showed what was to follow in the years to come.
The Barcelona superstar is regarded as one of the world’s greatest midfielders, having become a mainstay for club and country over the past seven years.
Barca were certainly aware of his talents from a young age, bringing the player to the Nou Camp from Albacete back in 1996.
But, before the move to Catalonia, the player was filmed in action for his old club taking part in a junior tournament.
Whilst you can just about make out that it's Iniesta in the face, it's his touch and control which really give him away, with the player's classic traits already on display 17-years ago.
There's also plenty of shooting on show, as well as a penalty calmly slotted away for his side. The timing of this video is perfect, of course, with Iniesta heading back to Albacete with Spain for tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
Credit to 101 Great Goals for getting the video first from YouTube, and you can watch the amazing footage at the top of this story...