Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta is unquestionably one of the greatest players of his generation, which is why this gilt-edged miss in Spain’s latest training session will surprise every football fan.
The 31-year-old, who was training ahead of Friday’s international friendly against England, was teed-up by Diego Costa for what should have been a simple tap-in.
However, instead of rolling the ball into the empty net, Iniesta somehow hit the post from a yard out. (Scroll down this page to see the video).
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Costa presumably opted against sticking the ball into the net himself because he’d already taken too many touches.
And yes, the goals were small-sized, but that doesn’t excuse a player of Iniesta’s calibre from missing the target from that distance. Vicente del Bosque could have rolled that one in.
Andres Iniesta could be in decline
Iniesta is still a master of his trade, but it does appear that the World Cup winner peaked a few years ago.
At one point last season, the technically-gifted midfielder had gone almost an entire year without scoring a goal or providing an assist for Barcelona in La Liga - a remarkable statistic.
Iniesta has not scored or assisted a goal for Barça so far this term, either, and the Spaniard could find himself gradually eased out of the starting line-up once Arda Turan becomes eligible to play in January.
It would be fantastic to see Iniesta rediscover his best form - at his peak he was unstoppable - but if he doesn’t Barcelona fans will still always regard the midfielder as a genuine club legend.
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