Messi and Iniesta.

Lionel Messi reveals what 'amazes' him about Andres Iniesta

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In years to come, the footballing world will probably look back at the side Barcelona once had.

Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi - three players that graduated from the famed La Masia academy and went on to achieve great things at Camp Nou.

The Catalan club have transformed European football in recent years, winning four Champions Leagues in nine years  and countless La Liga titles.

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While Xavi may have left Barcelona to ply his trade in Qatar, Iniesta and Messi remain in Spain.

Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are the three players that hit the headlines for their ridiculous goalscoring record but, at the age of 32, Iniesta is still pulling the strings at the club.

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And his teammates still certainly appreciate his quality. In fact, Messi has spoken out about just how good the Spaniard is.

In an extract from his new book 'The Artist: Being Iniesta', Lionel Messi discusses his unique relationship with Andres Iniesta and reveals what makes his Barcelona team-mate such a special player.


Messi on Iniesta

"I always picture him with the ball at his feet. That's the way I have got used to seeing him. He does everything well, with simplicity," he said.

“At times, it may look like he's not doing anything, but in fact he's doing it all. Everything is different with Andrés. The hardest thing to do in football is to make it look like everything is easy, effortless, and that's Andrés.

“Andrés and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents.

“But he has something that always amazes me: there's always a moment when you think you're going to catch him, when you think you're going to get the ball off him, but you can't.

“He's not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique.”

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It certainly is high praise from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The pair has been regular in Barcelona's first-team since 2004 and have won the league eight times and the Champions League four times together. However, despite Iniesta reaching the end of his career, it seems he still has plenty of years left at the top level.

Iniesta may be 32, but he showed this summer at Euro 2016 that he’s more than capable of producing moments of magic on the biggest stage and will play a big role in Barcelona's season once again.

It will be a very sad day when Iniesta finally hangs up his boots.

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