Andres Iniesta is bringing out his first autobiography on Monday, titled ’The Move of My Life’, but unfortunately we might need to wait a while before an English version is released.
The Barcelona midfielder is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of his generation and, although he’s always steered clear of controversy during his illustrious career, it’s safe to assume the new book will be packed full of fascinating anecdotes about himself and the great footballers he’s been fortunate enough to call teammates.
A few excerpts have already been released ahead of this week’s release, including an interesting insight into the relationship between Iniesta and his superstar teammate Lionel Messi.
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner took some time out of his hectic schedule to speak about their on-pitch relationship and why he always looks to the Spaniard when things aren’t going well for Barcelona.
Most people would assume that Messi is the go-to-man when the chips are down, but the Argentina international sees it differently.
Messi explains what he tells Iniesta during matches
"On the pitch I like to have him close, above all if the game is strange, tough or rough,” Messi says of Iniesta in the new book, per Sport. “I tell him: 'Come close, stand by my side'.
“He grabs the team, drives it, looks for me, gives it to me.
“He's a modest person and as a player is magical, everything he does with the ball is amazing."
Iniesta on the worst day of his life
Several other interesting snippets have been released from Iniesta’s forthcoming autobiography.
The 32-year-old has explained how the worst day of his life was spent at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.
"The worst day of my life was in La Masia. I had the sensation of being abandoned, lost, as if I had something pulled out from deep inside me. I chose it, it's true.... but it made me. It made me."
Iniesta on his goal at Stamford Bridge
He has this to say about his famous last-minute winning goal against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2008-09 Champions League at Stamford Bridge…
"Did I think about how to hit it? No chance. There was no time to think. If you think, you don't do anything."
Iniesta on Dani Jarque
And on the untimely death of Dani Jarque, who tragically passed away at the age of 26 in 2009 following a heart attack...
"I could not believe it. Dani, my friend Dani, had died. After that I fell into an unknown place. I went to the doctor and said 'I can't do this anymore'."
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