Andres Iniesta is a central midfielder who is currently playing for Barcelona in La Liga. The Spaniard has spent the entirety of his career with the Catalan giants and made his debut in October 2002 during a Champions League encounter against Club Brugge. Iniesta appeared 11 times in La Liga throughout the 2003/04 season as he was used mainly as a deputy for Ronaldinho.
2004/05 was the midfielder's breakthrough season as he started 37 of Barcelona's 38 league games. However, he only found the net twice despite playing just behind the two strikers. Iniesta continued to improve in the 2005/06 campaign and was given regular starts in the absence of the injured Xavi. Manager Frank Rijkaard, in particular, praised his contribution to the team and stated that he would be a World Class midfielder in the future. The midfielder's rapid rise to stardom continued in 2007 and 2008 although he sometimes found himself coming on as a substitute more than in previous years. The 2008/09 season was initially frustrating for Iniesta as he picked up a knee injury which kept him out for two months.
However, upon his return, he produced some moments of magic including a stunning injury time goal to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League at the semi final stage. He produced an assist in the final as Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0. To date, he has made 200 La Liga appearances scoring 16 goals along the way.
The 25-year-old has also tasted success on the international stage with Spain. In 2001, he was part of the u16 squad that won the European u16 Championships before winning the European u19 Championships the following year. The midfielder received his first call up in May 2006 to act as cover for the team in the World Cup. His first cap actually arrived during a pre tournament friendly against Russia. During 2007, Iniesta starred in helping the team qualify for Euro 2008. The player was then present in every match during the tournament that Spain won after beating Germany 1-0 in the final. As a result, Iniesta was selected in the team of the tournament. He will be hoping to lead Spain to more glory at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.