Iniesta the perfect poster boy for new generation

first_imgPrimera División Iniesta the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Barcelona The midfielder, who will play his last game for the Catalan club on Sunday, has called for the Blaugrana to put their faith in La Masia Andres Iniesta’s time at Barcelona is about to end. The news that all of the club’s fans did not want to hear became reality in late April as the player confirmed his departure in a tearful press conference.The start of a long and painful goodbye had come in the final of the Copa del Rey, when the midfielder signed off with a goal and a vintage display, before leaving the pitch to an ovation from fans of both Barca and Sevilla.On the way off, he had embraced several of his team-mates and he then sat on the bench for a few minutes, emotion etched on his face as tears flowed down his cheeks. And shortly afterwards, he returned to lift the trophy following a comprehensive 5-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After the game, he refused to confirm his departure, but said he would speak soon, and with the whole squad given most of the week off, the following Friday was the time to announce his decision to the world.Flanked by family, friends, the Barca board and most of his team-mates (Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, the latter due to a passport issue, were notable absentees), he revealed his reasons for walking away this summer.”I don’t want to fool myself or fool anybody,” he said. “I’m 34 years old (actually he was still 33 at the time) and I know that everything would be more difficult. It’s a rule of life. Other challenges come and I will try to be as happy as I have been here.”Clearly, it was a difficult decision. “It is a really hard day for me,” he said of his imminent exit and move (probably to play in China or Japan, although it is still unconfirmed). “Because I have been here my whole life. Saying goodbye to what has been my home and my life is really complicated. But I understand that what comes next is even more complicated and difficult.”I could never forgive myself for making an uncomfortable situation at a club that has given me everything. That would not be fair on me and it would not be fair on the club.”Iniesta trophies graphicIniesta had signed a “lifetime” contract at Barca in October, but he had doubts back then and has chosen to leave on a high, still performing at the top level and with a domestic double set to be sealed this weekend as the Catalans close in on La Liga.The player broke down several times as he annpunced his decision to leave and especially as he thanked his parents and his sister, also present, remembering how he had arrived a shy kid 22 years ago, and his wife and “three treasures”, who were also in the room to watch his farewell press conference.There was also a message for the club. “Succeeding here was ingrained in my head,” he said. “It was a bit tough at first but it didn’t matter. The club should be aware of the value of the youth system. They are working well.”Xavi Andres Iniesta Barcelona“Andres eats at a different table,” Guardiola once said early on in his tenure as Barca boss. “He’s an example. I always says he’s an example for the youth players. They should look at him: he doesn’t wear ear rings, he doesn’t dye his hair.”He plays 20 minutes and he doesn’t complain. Wherever you play him, he doesn’t complain. And he always plays well, and he always trains well. And when he is injured, he is in a bad mood because he wants to come back and help the team. For Barca to have a player like him is priceless.”It has been and as Andres prepares to bow out on Sunday, nothing will be quite the same again. But Guardiola is right: just as Pep himself was back in the day, Iniesta is the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at La Masia. He can only hope the club gives them a chance.last_img read more

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System to be ready in 3 months to offer Aadhaar to NRIs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said its systems will be ready within three months to offer the facility of issuing Aadhaar cards to NRIs with Indian passports without the mandatory 180 days waiting period, as announced in the Budget.UIDAI systems are being readied for the facility and necessary legal measures are to be notified soon, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI. UIDAI systems will be tuned to offer the facility within three month’s time, he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are working to make the appropriate technological changes and we will provide an appointment facility where people outside the country also can apply for a time slot and specify the place they would like to go to get their Aadhaar made…as soon as they come to India they can, very conveniently, go and get their Aadhaar made,” Pandey said.In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said: “I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian Passports after their arrival in India, without waiting for 180 days.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSources privy to the development said that a notification in this regard has to be issued by the IT ministry, which is currently awaited.Meanwhile, the UIDAI — which has made operational two more Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASKs) in Bhopal and Chennai after the fourth centre in Hisar was launched recently — is confident of meeting its target of opening 114 such centres across the country in the coming months. The UIDAI is setting up Aadhaar Seva Kendras — similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras — covering 53 cities across the country at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore. These Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, are UIDAI’s own and operate in addition to thousands of centres currently being run by banks and post offices, as well as in government premises (offering similar Aadhaar services).As ASKs have more capacity, more requests for enrolment and updation can be processed on a daily basis compared to other centres. Besides, the new ASK model entails an online appointment management system to allow people to book a slot as per their convenience. The online appointment booking facility is already available at UIDAI’s website.last_img read more

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