France Football have apologised to Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta for not handing him the Ballon d’Or trophy during his time with the Catalan club.
The Spanish international is set to call time on his illustrious career with the club, whilst he is fully expected to retire from the Spanish national side after the World Cup this summer in Russia.
A move to China looks likely, although Manchester City, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have been labelled with interest.
Iniesta, who has been one of the most consistent performers in recent years, was close to winning the Ballon d’Or on two occasions, being beaten by Lionel Messi in 2010.
France Football have now issued an apology, looking back on Iniesta’s career and his honours, both with club and country.
Director Pascal Ferre writes “sorry, Andrés”, he is the best game facilitator of all time, most of his contemporaries complicate their lives, but he has had fun for about fifteen years, simplifying everything, without any conceited bad thoughts, just to make the game live.
“Iniesta’s talent is to invent for others, without him, Messi would have gotten tired much faster at Barça.”
Iniesta did inform reporters following the Champions League defeat to Roma two weeks back that he would now be considering his future, but further reports seem to confirm that this will be his last with Barca.
Various reports claimed that a three year deal with Guanjian has been agreed and that he will get paid 37m euros for his stint in Asia, but a second offer from Chongqing has since followed.