Official: Ex-Barcelona star Andres Iniesta joins Japanese top club

Official: Ex-Barcelona star Andres Iniesta joins Japanese top club

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM

- Andres Iniesta played his last game for Barcelona in their 1-0 against Real Sociedad

- He featured for most past of the game where he was said to have sat in the stadium until 1am after the game

- However, he has now confirmed he has joined Japanese club side Vissel Kobe

Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta has left Spain to join his new Japanese Premier League side Vissel Kobe.

The legend ended his reign with his childhood club side Barca at the end of the recently concluded season after spending a whopping 22 seasons at the Camp Nou.

Send 'NEWS' to 40227 to receive all the important breaking news as it happens

He won a total of 32 major championships with the club since he made his debut at the club in 2002 where he made 674 senior appearances, having joined the youth set-up aged 12.

READ ALSO: New Arsenal manager names the player he will sign first for the Gunners this summer

READ ALSO: Barcelona star declares support for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League final in Kiev

However, he has confirmed his move to the Asian league after posting a picture of himself boarding a flight heading that direction on his official twitter handle.

While posting the picture, he accompanied the post with a caption: I’m heading to "new home" with his "friend" Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of his new club.

READ ALSO: Coutinho reveals the superstar Barcelona will sell to fund Antoine Griezmann’s bid this summer

Mikitani also posted a picture of himself with the Spaniard, as he tweeted a picture of himself boarding a private jet from inside the plane.

Iniesta played his last game for Barcelona in their 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad, where he played 82 minutes before being substituted for Francisco Alcacer.

PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'TUKO Michezo'

READ ALSO: Antonio Conte set to be sacked as Chelsea manager days after winning the FA Cup title

He will now join World Cup winning Germany forward Lukas Podolski at the club as he opens a new chapter of his football career.

The Barcelona legend will hope to help Kobe improve their performance in the Japanese topflight title as they are currently sixth in the J-League after 15 games, having finished ninth last season.

Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands, has been selected for Spain's squad for next month's tournament in Russia.

Do you have a hot story or scandal you would like us to publish, please reach us through or WhatsApp: 0732482690 and Telegram: Tuko news

Fred Kennedy photo
Fred Kennedy
Editor - Europe Team