Ivan Rakitic admitted it was difficult to find the words to describe Andres Iniesta's final match for Barcelona on Sunday.
Rakitic has won every major trophy available since joining Barca in 2014, including three league titles and the Champions League, all while playing alongside Iniesta at the heart of the midfield.
And the former Sevilla star says the squad have found it tough to accept Iniesta is leaving after 16 years in the senior team.
"For me, it's been a genuine pleasure to play with him. We've connected on and off the pitch. I have so much affection for him, his wife and his children."
Iniesta was expected to move to the Chinese Super League but there is speculation that Japanese side Vissel Kobe are now more likely to sign him.