Andres Iniesta is not your average footballing star. Far from turning up for training driving the latest pretentious supercar or boasting about the 25 collective titles he has won for Barcelona, the Albacete-born playmaker prefers to go about his business as quietly as possible, showing the utmost respect for everyone around him and leave the Ciutat Esportiva as soon as possible in order to spend quality time with his beautiful family.
Following the departure of Blaugrana legends Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez, the No.8 was the obvious choice to take a step forward in his career and captain the club he joined at only 12 years of age. Now 31, the midfielder has been given the responsibility to lead by example and become even more involved in the day-to-day dynamics of the Catalans’ dressing room.
Contrary to both his predecessors, Iniesta is known for his calm yet firm approach to not only football, but life in generals. Although he will never enjoy being at the centre of attention, those who know him best are fully aware that he would be the first to speak up whenever the need arises. Although his tendency to maintain a low-profile even in the middle of heated discussions could be considered a weakness by some, the truth is that others tend to sit back and listen to his opinions whenever he has something to say.
Read the full "Andres Iniesta: From La Masia to Barcelona’s first team captaincy" by Francesc Tomas for Weloba here.