IN PICTURES | Andres Iniesta bids farewell to Barcelona

Published: 21st May 2018 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2018 08:02 AM  

FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta is tossed by his teammates after the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. | AP
FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, center, embraces Lionel Messi after being substituted during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. | AP
Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. | AP
Barcelona finished with 93 points, 14 more than Atletico Madrid and 17 more than Real Madrid in third. | AP
It was an intensely emotional ending for the players who were key members of Spain's golden generation that won two European Championships and a World Cup. | AP
Iniesta received a standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd after being substituted in the 82nd minute of his 675th match with the Catalan club, in a career that saw him win 32 titles. | AP
Iniesta embraced Lionel Messi and other teammates before saluting the fans and leaving the pitch one last time. The crowd chanted his name through the final minutes as Iniesta watched from the bench, unable to hold back tears. | AP
He cried profusely in the post-match ceremony to celebrate his career and the team's double of La Liga and Copa del Rey titles. Many of Iniesta's teammates — all wearing the No. 8 jersey with Iniesta's name — also cried as the playmaker spoke to the crowd. | AP
FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta poses with FC Barcelona's t-shirt during a farewell event at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. | AP
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