Andres Iniesta has taken time out to write a lengthy message to fans after retiring from international football after Spain were knocked out of the World Cup.
Here’s what the former Barcelona legend has had to say about his time with the national team.
“14 years ago I put on for the first time our national team shirt. I was 15 years old. I will never forget that moment. It was the dream of my life to defend the colours of my country.
“It was something very special, not just a dream but a great responsibility. I’ve tried to make myself conscious of what it means and always give my best to make yourselves proud.
“I think that I’ve been lucky to live in one of the best stages of our national team with a great player generation that has been exceptional in every single way. We’ve achieved great success, things that we all dreamed of since we were kids, but also great deceptions and difficult moments.
⚽️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KPg6qllkfr— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) July 3, 2018
“To all, thank you for for making me a better team-mate and football player. It has been a pleasure to share all these years with you.
“Now is the time to step aside. It is not an easy decision. On the contrary, I’ve been thinking about it a lot these past months. The illusion and will to continue are total but I’ve always said that I will do what is best for the national team.
“The future is thrilling, with a great group of unbelievable players that from now on will have me as an unconditional supporter. I don’t have any doubt that what will come will be wonderful.”
There’s more too as he goes on to thank a great big long list of people in particular the fans and his family.
It’s a lovely touch from Iniesta and really just underlines yet again what an absolute legend he is.