Andrés Iniesta Plots a Return to Barcelona, Where the Beauty Is Gone
Iniesta turned from aspiring schoolboy to soccer icon on a Barcelona team that captivated the world. Now in Japan, he hopes for a return to a club plagued by infighting.
Andrés Iniesta, left, is seeing out the end of his career in Japan with Vissel Kobe.
Andrés Iniesta, left, is seeing out the end of his career in Japan with Vissel Kobe.Credit...Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
By Tariq Panja
Published May 9, 2020
Updated May 11, 2020, 10:47 a.m. ET
From 6,500 miles away, Andrés Iniesta has been contemplating his return. He doesn’t know when it will be, or under what circumstances, but he is sure he wants to go back to F.C. Barcelona.
The club he hopes to rejoin will not be the same. Something has changed. It’s not about the coronavirus, which, it is true, has changed everything, including La Liga, which was suspended indefinitely in mid-March. The team was still a winner, but in a different way.