Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta have both lifted 32 trophies with FC Barcelona, but Sunday’s LaLiga crown was their last title together. Here is what Messi said about the veteran’s departure.
Iniesta announced his Barcelona departure on Friday during an emotional press conference, which Messi missed due to an important visa appointment.
Only three days later, FC Barcelona were crowned LaLiga champions for the 25th time and Messi gave a rare interview after the game.
The Argentine, who along with Iniesta has claimed nine LaLiga titles, addressed his teammate’s departure, saying Iniesta deserved to leave the club with the double.
"It's a shame, like when Xavi or (Javier) Mascherano left, symbolic players for the club," he said, as quoted by Marca.
"This year it was up to Andres. (It is) a pity for us and for the club.
"He leaves in the best way, although we regret that it wasn't with the Champions League and a treble.
"It is a double that he more than deserves. I am very happy for him and we wish him the best."
So far, Iniesta has not revealed his new club but widespread reports suggest he will move to the Chinese Super League to sign a bumper deal.
The Spaniard and Messi are the joint-most decorated players in Spanish history, having lifted 32 trophies respectively.