Barcelona Ballon d'or finalist wanted Real Madrid move

Published 10 Comments

Football News

Andres Iniesta expressed a desire to play for Real Madrid - while he was training at Barcelona's famous La Masia academy.

Iniesta has gone on to become one of the greatest players on the planet and scored to help Spain win the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. For Barcelona, he has won the Champions League three times, and La Liga five times.

However in a video recently discovered on the internet, a 12-year-old Iniesta is seen expressing his desire to one day play for Real Madrid, having just joined Barcelona's famed youth academy.

According to ESPN, the video has been doing the rounds in Spain for some time, but is likely to cause a stir on the eve of Iniesta challenging team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or.

Messi is clear favourite for the award, which will be announced later on this evening (Monday), although Iniesta managed to beat the Argentinian and Ronaldo to the Best Player in Europe award last year.

Back in 2007 Real Madrid were linked with a move for Iniesta, and were willing to activate his €60 million release clause - but the 28-year-old insisted he wanted to end his career at the Nou Camp.

"I’ve been told about that and I’m very surprised. I can’t do anything about it but I’d like to insist once again that I want to stay here," he said at the time. "When I say I want to retire in Barça, I say it with all my heart. And my wishes are above everything else.

Luckily for Iniesta he stuck with Barcelona and helped beat Madrid to the league title in Spain three years in a row between 2008 and 2010, while the Catalan club look likely to make it four out of five this season after opening a 16 point gap over their rivals this term.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

European News

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again