Fresh from his stunning 180° turn and finish for Vissel Kobe in last weekend’s 2-1 J1 League triumph over Jubilo Iwata, the Barcelona legend was at it again on Wednesday.
The Blaugrana icon scored an absolute rocket against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, sending an equaliser into the top corner from 30 yards.
On this evidence, could he have had another year at Barcelona?
He’s only gone and done it AGAIN! 😲
Iniesta’s second goal for Vissel Kobe is an absolute beauty! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/n8sxpgxQ7i
— Goal (@goal) August 15, 2018
Good morning, Barcelona fans. Jay Asser here, along with the rest of the Sport360 team, bringing you the latest news from the Camp Nou.
10:10pm – Juve’s Rabiot raid?
Juventus are reportedly considering whether they can tempt Paris Saint-Germain into a late sale of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Rabiot, 23, has turned down repeat overtures from the Ligue 1 champions to extend a contract that expires next summer. This has caused sustained links to Barcelona.
2:27pm – Marlon receiving interest from Schalke
Barcelona defender Marlon could be headed out the door and to the Bundesliga, with Schalke keen on adding him to their squad, according to Sport.
Marlon spent last term on loan at Nice and has recently been the subject of a €12million bid from Serie A outfit Sassuolo.
11:41am – Messi set to miss Argentina’s next four friendlies
Lionel Messi will not be in action when Argentina face Guatemala and Colombia later this year, or for two other unconfirmed friendlies, according to reports.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Messi is stepping away from international football for good, but don’t expect to see him in uniform for La Albiceleste in the near future.
The 31-year-old Pique remains a reliable presence in Ernesto Valverde’s side and is tied to a contract through to 2022, but he is wary of following the lead of former team-mate Puyol by setting an end date for his playing days.
Adored Puyol was made to look foolish when, a year after his announcement, he brought the curtain down on his Blaugrana career.
“I am not going to be like Puyol and say I’m going to be here for another 10 years until I’m 40; the next year he had to retire,” Pique told Barca’s official YouTube channel.
“I’ll enjoy each year as it comes and when it’s time, it’s time.”
An iconic presence at Camp Nou, Pique has just passed the 10-year mark in Catalonia, with a decade of loyal service since returning to his roots from Manchester United.
Pique was snapped back up by Barca in 2008, with the La Masia academy product re-signed after proving his worth in England.
Pique is now a World Cup winner whose CV also includes multiple La Liga titles and Champions League crowns.
Reflecting on a decade in the famous Blaugrana colours, Pique added: “You have to make sacrifices here at Barca, especially playing at the back because of the way we play, sometimes you get the blame.
“You know the competition is always there, the best players in the world and you have to fight for your place. It’s 10 years now so each new year is another to enjoy.”
Having starred for Barca on the field down the years, Pique has been billed as someone who might make an impact off the field for the club too in the future, as a potential club president of the future.
For now, he’s just going to enjoy his twilight years.
He added: “Looking back, I could not have hoped to win what I have, to have played so much, to have been important. I have really enjoyed it, just like the others.
“I feel really lucky and am really enjoying being here. There will come a day when I have to raise up my hand and leave but until that day comes, I’ll continue enjoying it as much as I can.”