Club Legend Andres Iniesta Reveals 'Family Bond' Nearly Stopped Him Joining Barcelona as a Child

Jude Summerfield
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Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has sensationally revealed he initially did not want to join the Catalan club as a youngster.

Iniesta has since become a living legend for club and country, winning numerous domestic, European and international honours, but admitted he nearly didn't sign for the club with whom he has won four Champions League titles because of his strong family bonds.

​ "The first response was that I did not want to come because I put my family bond before going to a place so far away and without them," Iniesta told  ​beIN SPORTS.


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"The passage of the weeks and talk with my father made me see it as a challenge.

"With my father I have a lot of confidence, a lot of affinity and I know that when he tells me things, he usually succeeds.

"I respect my father and I knew I had to take the plunge. After that, it was the worst months of my life as a person, but with the help of everyone, day by day, it was much better."

Needless to say, Iniesta's initially terrifying decision has worked out incredibly well. The 32-year-old has won La Liga a total of eight times as well as well three international major honours with Spain, including the 2010 World Cup.


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Iniesta is set to extend his contract at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona's sporting director Robert Fernandez previously claiming both the Spaniard and Lionel Messi will pen new deals soon.

"[Messi] will renew, as I've always said," he told Cadena Ser.

"He is happy in Barcelona, he feels comfortable in the team and the environment is perfect.

"[Iniesta] will also renew and he'll do it in his own time. I have no doubt that he'll renew and neither does he."

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