Andres Iniesta says Chelsea goal is best of his career

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Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has ranked the memorable goal he scored against Chelsea in the 2008-09 Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge as the best of his career.

Speaking in a Q & A session - hosted by Estrella Damm - on Tuesday, the Spain international said the aforementioned goal against Chelsea rates as one of the very best moments of his illustrious career.

The 31-year-old, who surprisingly failed to mention his winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, admitted making his Barcelona debut is his best moment in football.

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“I've had many important moments,” Iniesta said, according to Sport. “But the first step was my debut for the first team. The day I made it in Brugge was the most important, although [my first game] at Camp Nou against Huelva was also [important].

“The titles, the goal at Stamford Bridge -- the best of my career -- are other happy moments, but what stays with me is my debut.”

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Iniesta: No secrets behind Barcelona's success

Iniesta also revealed that there are no secrets behind Barcelona’s remarkable success over the past 10 years, adding: “The secrets of Barça are the same as any group: respect, solidarity, hard work, effort.

“There aren't secrets for things to work, but sport has a particularly special way of working: luck, refereeing decisions…”

The world-class attacking midfielder hinted that he intends to stay with Barcelona for the foreseeable future - and plans to stay in the city once he hangs up his boots.

“My idea is to live in Barcelona after my playing career,” he confirmed. “I don't think there is any place like it. I came here as a 12-year-old; I have grown here.

“I hope I can continue here for a long time, linked with sport and with Barça, my life. FC Barcelona and Catalonia have given me so much.”

Iniesta reveals his favourite actor

Iniesta went on to confirm that his favourite shirt numbers are six and eight, while he also revealed what he likes to get up to in his spare time.

“At the moment I most like to spend time with my daughter, see what she does, how she grows... she surprises me every day,” he commented. “I also like any sport, television series... The last I saw was Breaking Bad, I like it a lot. As for films, anything with Denzel Washington. He's my favourite actor.”

Iniesta - Xavi partnership set to end

Iniesta is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players to ever pull on the Barcelona shirt, and was a key component of Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking team between 2008-2012.

His performances have not been as consistent since Guardiola left the Camp Nou three years ago, but he remains an important player for Barcelona, who are currently on course to secure another treble this season.

Within the forthcoming days Xavi will announce his plans to leave Barcelona at the end of this season - and this will leave Iniesta as one of the club’s most senior players alongside the likes of Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano.

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