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'Players like him are unique' - Xavi pays tribute former midfielder partner Iniesta

04:35 IST 19/05/2018
Andres Iniesta Barcelona 2017-18
As the legendary midfielder prepares to bid farewell to the Spanish giants, his former partner in the centre of the park paid tribute to his talents

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi hailed departing club great Andres Iniesta as a "unique" player.

Iniesta, 34, will bid farewell to the La Liga champions in their final game of the season against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The superstar midfielder will depart Barca after 16 seasons, including nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey crowns and four Champions League trophies.

His former midfield partner, Xavi, was full of praise for Iniesta's incredible career at Barca.

"Other players will stay and Barcelona will keep on winning," he said, via Marca .

"It's clear that Barcelona will continue, but players like him are unique. Iniesta is an example as a player and as a person."

Iniesta has made 43 appearances in all competitions this season, helping Barca to another league-cup double.

Ernesto Valverde's side came up short in the Champions League however, with a second-leg collapse against Roma dooming the club to a loss in the quarter-finals.