Andres Iniesta may be approaching his 34th birthday… but the midfield maestro provided a timely reminder that he’s far from finished at international level last night.
The Barcelona midfielder was part of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad which took on Germany in Dusseldorf, with the hotly-anticipated friendly ending in a 1-1 draw.
And while the fixture gave the Spanish fans a chance to run the rule over Lucas Vázquez, Marco Asensio and Rodri… it was one of the team’s elder statesmen that really produced the goods.
Iniesta was simply unplayable in the heart of La Roja’s midfield, as the World Cup winner produced several sublime passes which cut open the German back-line.
His level of performance at club level may have declined over recent reasons, with Barcelona adopting a faster-paced counter-attacking system, but his inch-perfect assist to set up Rodrigo proved he’s still got plenty left in the tank:
Andrés Iniesta Luján vs. Germany. [@mbappefutbol]
El Fantasmita. pic.twitter.com/E31wuCGeXe
— BTL Comps (@BTLComps) March 23, 2018
Iniesta does of course have previous against Germany, as he netted the only goal of the game when the two teams faced eachother in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa… subsequently sealing Spain’s first triumph in the tournament.
There have been plenty of reports this season that Iniesta may be edging toward the Camp Nou exit, with China and the MLS touted as possible destinations.
But if he keeps churning out performances like he did last night, there’s no question he still has a major part to play for the national team.