Andres Iniesta: Barcelona legend's incredible assist for Neymar vs PSG

Andres Iniesta was a footballing magician in his prime.

The Spaniard’s 16-year stint in Barcelona‘s first-team is the stuff of legend and he left in 2018 with 30 trophies to his name, including nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

Iniesta was the ultimate big-game player in Catalonia and his unquestionable brilliance cannot be described using numbers.

From a goals and assists perspective, the current captain of Vissel Kobe is certainly not among the very best in history.

In his 673 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions, Iniesta scored just 58 times and contributed the assist on 138 occasions.

For an attack-minded player with his talent, those numbers aren’t the best, but what he produced on the pitch is near enough impossible to replicate.

Iniesta would regularly kickstart attacks from deep with a mazy dribble or a pass through the eye of a needle and would also control the tempo of the game with his supreme intelligence.

Andres Iniesta celebrates a goal for Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 16: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on March 16, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

And whenever he did play a part in a goal for Barcelona, it was nearly always a thing of beauty.

Perhaps the best contribution of the lot came during the Blaugrana’s 2014/15 Champions League run.

In the quarter-final second leg versus Paris Saint-Germain, Iniesta delivered one of the greatest assists of all time for Neymar.

The World Cup winner gracefully covered three-quarters of the pitch, leaving several opposing players trailing in his wake.

Andres Iniesta and Neymar in their Barcelona days
MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 21: Neymar JR. (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Andres Iniesta (R) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

He then played an inch-perfect pass into Neymar, who took the ball round the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net.

It’s a goal that should be hung up in a museum…

Video: Iniesta’s magical assist for Neymar vs PSG

We could watch that video clip on repeat for hours on end.

Iniesta on the ball was pure ‘poetry in motion’ and there’s still no other player in the world quite like ‘El Ilusionista’.

Barcelona’s teenage sensation Pedri Gonzalez is perhaps the closest thing to him in the present day, although even he doesn’t have the same Midas touch that Iniesta possessed quite yet.

Pedri certainly has time on his side, though…

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