Spain and FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta (39) will part ways with Vissel Kobe in the Japanese J1 League.
Japan’s NHK reported on the 23rd through a breaking news, “Iniesta, a former Spanish national team midfielder, will leave Kobe this summer.”
Iniesta played 16 seasons in Barcelona, participating in 669 matches, winning 32 championship trophies, including 4 European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) and 9 La Liga championships. In the summer of 2018, he left the team he had been with for 22 years and moved to Kobe. In his first season, he lifted the King’s Cup trophy, and in the 2021 season, he finished 3rd in the league, the highest in the club’s history.
Kobe, which was doing well,스포츠토토 fell into a slump last season and replaced the command tower one after another. In the system of manager Takayuki Yoshida, who took the third helm in June of last year, he succeeded in rebounding by changing the composition of members. Iniesta’s playing time gradually decreased.
Kobe is currently at the top of the table after 14 rounds of the league this season. Iniesta only played 38 minutes in 3 matches.
On the 6th of next month, Iniesta’s parents Barcelona will visit Japan for the first time in four years. Fight against Kobe. The media reported that this match was Iniesta’s farewell match.
It is said that Iniesta will hold a press conference in the near future, revealing the reason for his decision to leave Kobe and his future plans.