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Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta signs lifetime contract with the Spanish club

07 October 2017

"It makes me very happy that my club has given me this chance".

Iniesta has said in the past: "If I'm not playing for Barcelona I would not be able to play against them".

"I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract", Iniesta said. The signing will take place today at 12: 30, " wrote the catalan club in a press release, prior to a press conference at the Camp Nou in 13 hours.

"Andrés Iniesta signed a lifetime contract with FC Barcelona on Friday, in a deal that will keep him at the Club for the rest of his career", FC Barcelona said in a statement.

"We are "More than a Club" and it is precisely because of that that we feel that it is our duty to stand by our people, under such hard circumstances as those that are being experienced right now".

Alongside long-time midfield partner Xavi for both club and country, Iniesta formed the axis of Pep Guardiola's legendary side that won 14 trophies in four years between 2008 and 2012.

Iniesta has previously tended to do his talking on the field as a fundamental figure in Barca's most successful ever era.

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Iniesta signed in Barcelona at the age of 12 in 1996, and six years later made his debut in the first team.

Iniesta's current deal was due to expire at the end of the season and there had been tentative rumours that his lengthy association with the club could come to an end. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.

The 33-year-old has signed a new deal to stay on at the Nou Camp - the club announced it is a deal "for life". Either way, this is wonderful PR for the club and the fans are delighted.

His Barca team have begun their 2017/18 La Liga campaign in impressive fashion, with seven wins from seven games.

The Barcelona captain is now second on the all-time appearance list for the club, trailing only former midfield partner Xavi.

How long his lifetime contract will last is a debate for further down the line.

Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta signs lifetime contract with the Spanish club