YOU KNOW ?
Iniesta comes from a small village named Fuentealbilla
in the province of Albacete, Castile-La Mancha.
He says he "cried rivers" the day he left
for FC Barcelona farmhouse, La Masia, and struggled
being separated from his parents; he was very shy
and kept to himself while there.
He captained the FC Barcelona U-15 team to victory
in the Nike Premier Cup of 1999. The trophy was presented
by one of his idols: the then first-team captain Pep
Guardiola, whose poster hung above Iniesta's bed.
Guardiola gave Iniesta a signed photograph dedicated
to "the best player I've ever seen".
Cesc Fàbregas, Iniesta originally started as
a defensive midfielder but his balance, close control
and skill on the ball saw him make progress as an
Then FC Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal handed Iniesta
his senior first-team debut in October 2002, in a
UEFA Champions League group game against Standard