The Spanish footballing architect, Andres Iniesta waved goodbye to Barcelona on Sunday and his presumed successor Philippe Coutinho's brilliant solo effort sealed a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.
Iniesta, with a teary eye, walked off to a standing ovation from the Camp Nou faithfuls when he was substituted in the second half, having unhitched his captain's armband and handed it to Lionel Messi. Andreas Iniesta is the only player in the history to be named MOTM in a EURO Cup final, World Cup final and a UEFA Champions League final.
Iniesta: "These have been 22 unbelievable years and it has been an honour to defend this club – for me the best club in the world. I just want to say that my heart will be here for ever.."
Everyone left the ground after the ceremony but even at 1 AM, Andreas Iniesta stayed alone on the Camp Nou pitch