Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Since 2009, he has been chosen in the UEFA Team of the Year six times and has been voted into the FIFA World XI on nine occasions. Iniesta won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in 2012 and was named the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker in 2012 and 2013. He was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or and achieved third place in 2012.
Andres Iniesta’s Net Worth 2018: $95 Million
Iniesta makes a whopping $95 million as of 2018. Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006. He helped Spain win Euro 2008, playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament. Iniesta was also a key member of the victorious Spanish team at the 2010 World Cup; he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands, for which he was named the Man of the Match, and was selected to the tournament’s All-Star Team. At Euro 2012, Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match of the final against Italy, and was named the Player of the Tournament.
Iniesta comes from Fuentealbilla, a small village in the province of Albacete, Castile–La Mancha, Spain. In the 2004–05 season, Iniesta featured in 37 out of 38 league games—more than any other player—although 25 of these were substitute appearances. He scored twice as Barcelona won La Liga. Iniesta played for the first time as a left wing-forward for Barça in two Champions League matches against Levski Sofia, finding the net twice. In the first knockout stage of the same competition, he played in central midfield against Liverpool. Despite being moved around the pitch by manager Rijkaard, the 2006–07 season remains Iniesta’s highest-scoring thus far. Don Balón, a member of European Sports Magazines, named Iniesta one of the most consistent performers in the previous two seasons of La Liga; he placed fifth in 2006–07 and fourth in 2007–08. He also placed ninth in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year voting, gaining 37 total points. Later that year, he placed fifth for the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year award, with 134 votes, and fourth for the Ballon d’Or, receiving 149 points. Barcelona extended his contract by one year, until 2015, and raised his buy-out clause to €200 million.
Iniesta scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season during the opening league fixture against Racing de Santander, lobbing the ball into the net from a distance of 30 yards. Throughout the campaign, he received standing ovations from opposition fans, including at El Sardinero and the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in appreciation of his World Cup-winning goal. Another standing ovation came on the home pitch of Espanyol in the Derbi barceloní, with the crowd acknowledging his friendship with Daniel Jarque, Espanyol’s captain at the time of his death. Iniesta was one of the three finalists for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or alongside Xavi and Messi, placing as runner-up behind the Argentine.
Iniesta signed a new contract with Barcelona in December 2013, keeping him at the club until 2018. As vice-captain, he regularly captained Barça throughout the club’s second treble-winning campaign of the 2014–15 season, and became captain after Carles Puyol’s retirement and Xavi’s departure. Iniesta scored three times during the team’s Copa del Rey campaign, and was the man of the match in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, having assisted Ivan Rakitić’s opening goal in the 3–1 defeat of Italian champions Juventus at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Their European victory made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup, and European Cup twice; Iniesta was among the seven players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.
On 24 May 2018, Japanese club Vissel Kobe announced the signing of Iniesta on a three-year deal.