Andres Iniesta.

Andres Iniesta reveals the 'worst days of his life' at Barcelona

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Andres Iniesta will live long in the memory for Barcelona fans when he eventually calls time on his illustrious playing career.

For 20 years the Spanish midfielder has graced Catalonia with his vision and dribbling ability, winning a shed load of silverware in the process.

Indeed, since making the step up to Barcelona's senior team in 2002, Iniesta has won eight La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey's and the Champions League on four occasions.


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The fact he has never won the Ballon d'Or is an insult considering just how good he has been for the best part of 15 years.

Iniesta's rise from talented youngster to trophy-laden legend wasn't without its struggles, though.

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In an interview with BBC Sport, which you can watch HERE, the 32-year-old revealed how he endured the 'worst days of his life' at Barcelona - more specifically in the La Masia set up.

He said: "I've always had a lot of confidence in my own ability and from the first day I arrived here I had the mind-set to succeed at Barcelona.

"That's been my motivation to keep growing and improving as a player, ever since I arrived here as a 12-year-old.

"I mean from a personal point of view, being separated from my family and coming to live here alone while they all stayed in Fuentealbilla.

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"I've always been very close with my family. When I say they were the worst days of my life, they were.

"But the support I had and everything I lived through from then on helped me to grow as a person."

Iniesta's words serve as a reminder to aspiring footballers that there's always a light at the end of the tunnel when times are hard.

Indeed, the Spain international had to fight through the pain of being so far away from his family in order to become one of football's greatest midfielders.

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Now regarded as a role model, both for fans and his Barcelona teammates, Iniesta is the man Lionel Messi turns to during difficult games.

In an extract of Iniesta's new book, 'The Move of My Life', the Argentina international said: "On the pitch I like to have him close, above all if the game is strange, tough or rough.

"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."

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