Iniesta was born near Albacete in south-east Spain but he progressed through Barcelona's famed youth academy, La Masia, and has gone on to win every major honour in the game.
"If I had imagined finishing my career here, it would have been like this, feeling useful, feeling important and still winning titles".
His influence off the pitch at Barcelona, as well as on it, has been enormous, as demonstrated by members of the first team and the club´s board attending his press conference on Friday.
"I have thought about my decision through for a long time". Soon, I'll be 34 and I have given everything over the year. It's not easy to say goodbye but everybody knows I am honest with myself and the club.
"There's no need for people to say they want me to stay".
"I am nearly 34, I have left everything on the field out there".
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"There's been so many great moments - trophies and successes, but the most significant for me was making my Barca debut".
Sanchez joins a number of players who have lauded Iniesta for his contribution to Barcelona and football, with Lionel Messi also praising his teammate.
He is expected to continue his career at Chongqing Dangdai Lifan in the Chinese Super League but remained tight-lipped on his plans.
"There are still things to be sorted", he added.
Iniesta, however, has not yet said where he will play next season but he did say during the conference, "I said I would never play against Barca so it is not going to be in Europe".
"There are things to talk about, things to finalise", Iniesta said.
Barcelona won the 2006 Champion League title, which started a golden era for Barcelona with Iniesta and Messi leading the way to three more Champions League titles and a collection of domestic trophies that displaced Real Madrid as Spain's top team.
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