Football: Tearful Iniesta shares love with fans in J-League sendoff


An emotional Andres Iniesta spoke of the “love and respect” he received in Japan after playing his final match for J-League first-division side Vissel Kobe on Saturday.

Fans remained packed inside Kobe’s Noevir Stadium after the 1-1 draw with Consadole Sapporo to send off the 39-year-old former Spain and Barcelona great.

Flanked by his wife and children, Iniesta wiped away tears as he was serenaded from the stands by supporters waving his No. 8 jersey and banners bearing his likeness.

“When I came to Vissel five years ago, it was impossible to imagine how beautiful and moving this journey was ...

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