Andrés Iniesta


My father has made a museum with my cuttings and photographs.

Most things come from inside; they're intuitive. That's the way I am.

I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field.

There are moments when the human body can overcome things you would never expect.

There are moments when your mind is very vulnerable. You feel a lot of doubts.

What I do when speaking in public is trying to do it as best as possible and trying to make everybody comfortable with my words. Sometimes getting this is very difficult, but I try my best.

There is no rule that says a footballer needs to be 'this high' and 'this wide.'

I don't consider myself a star.

I want to extend my career for as long as I can.

Perfection doesn't exist.

A great deal of who I am is down to Barca and La Masia - I am very thankful to them.

I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great player. When our football days are over, that's all we are - people.

I think Coutinho's a great team player with a huge amount of talent. He can use both feet. He scores goals. He links play well and gets between the lines in attack.

La Masia is a place where lots of people live together but you are on your own.

If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it's more satisfying when you have struggled.

Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn't move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost.

When you need help, you have to look for it: at times, it's necessary. People are specialists; that's what they're there for. You have to use them.

Every player wants to be as complete as possible and goals for a central midfielder are very important.

I get the feeling people respect me and that there is affection for me. That makes me happy.

If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career.

People see footballers as different beings, as if we're untouchable, as if nothing ever happens to us, but we're people. Of course we're privileged, but in the tangibles, we're the same.

It's true that time is against me, and I am closer to hanging up my boots, but one thing I have clear is that I will be involved in football. I don't know how, but I will be related to football. It's my life.

Some people like you, some people don't. In the end you just have to be yourself.

You have different sorts of people in life, so why should it be any different in football?

In the past, I had my idols but today I enjoy learning from all the soccer I watch.