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20:45 – France Football issues an apology to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta

France Football has issued an apology to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta in the latest edition of their magazine for never having awarded him the Ballon d’Or.

The media outlet’s editor Pascal Ferre, in an editorial piece titled ‘Forgive us Andres’, wrote down his thoughts in which he praised the midfielder – who is expected to leave Barcelona for China at the end of the season – for his intelligence.

“Iniesta has proven that the brain is definitely the most important thing when it comes to champions,” Ferre wrote.

17:35 – Rafael Nadal says Andres Iniesta is ace

Compliments have been pouring in for Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta ever since the news of his departure to China was let out for the first time.

Among the latest to heap praises on the veteran midfielder is Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal who had very kind words to say about the Barca legend before the Barcelona Open.

Nadal said: “He has done everything he had to do and more. Iniesta has brought us joy, he’s helped us be happy, enjoy ourselves and he has always behaved with respect, naturalness and normality, which is the most important thing.”

“It’s a pity we can’t enjoy him more if he’s going. But if that’s his decision then he has all my support and I hope that he’s happy in his new era.”

Read more from one Spanish legend on another here.

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14:53 – Valverde considering Barcelona future

Fresh from their stunning Copa del Rey triumph on Saturday, the Barcelona head coach is considering his future at the Camp Nou despite virtually winning the double.

According to Spanish daily AS, the 54-year-old was reportedly blamed for their Champions League exit to Roma and feels he doesn’t have the support of the club’s various sporting directors.

Valverde – who has a year left on his  contract – can clinch the La Liga title this weekend if his side avoid defeat away to Deportivo La Coruna.

12:51pm – Alves open to a Barca return 

Dani Alves has revealed he would return to Barcelona tomorrow if the La Liga giants contacted him.

The Brazilian full-back left Barcelona for Juventus in 2016 and moved to PSG last July.

Alves won 23 titles with Camp Nou club, including three Champions League and six La Liga titles.

The 34-year-old told Mundo Deportivo: “Barca is my home. It’s impossible to say that I wouldn’t go back; I’ll go back tomorrow if they call me. If I was to say that I wasn’t hurting when I left, I’d be lying.

“It was painful when I left because I think that I contributed a lot to build a great history at Barcelona with results that maybe even the club never imagined.

“When I left they suggested a send-off and I said no, because for me that will always be my eternal home and if you consider somewhere to be home, then you have no reason to say goodbye. How was there going to be a send-off if you’re going to go back?”

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Andres Iniesta receives apology from France Football for never awarding him a Ballon d'Or

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France Football has issued an apology to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta in the latest edition of their magazine for never having awarded him the Ballon d’Or.

The media outlet’s editor Pascal Ferre in an editorial piece titled ‘Forgive us Andres’ wrote down his thoughts in which he praised the midfielder – who is expected to leave Barcelona for China at the end of the season – for his intelligence.

“Iniesta has proven that the brain is definitely the most important thing when it comes to champions,” Ferre wrote.

The Spaniard came closest to winning the award in the same year (2010) he scored the World Cup winning goal against the Netherlands, but had to settle for second as his Barca team mate Lionel Messi had the majority of the votes, while Xavi came in  third.

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Compliments have been pouring in for Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta ever since the news of his departure to China was let out for the first time.

Among the latest to heap praises on the veteran midfielder is Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal who had very kind words to say about the Barca legend before the Barcelona Open.

Nadal said: “He has done everything he had to do and more.

“Iniesta has brought us joy, he’s helped us be happy, enjoy ourselves and he has always behaved with respect, naturalness and normality, which is the most important thing.”

“It’s a pity we can’t enjoy him more if he’s going. But if that’s his decision then he has all my support and I hope that he’s happy in his new era,” the 16-time Grand Slam champion added.

Iniesta starred in Barcelona’s epic 5-0 victory over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final and is expected to announce his move to China in the coming week.

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