Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta signs lifetime contract with the Spanish club

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The midfielder now sits on 639, second only to Xavi, and remains a key part of the first-team at the club, playing in six of their seven LaLiga games so far this term.

In potted terms, the deal means that Iniesta has pledged (presumably on a rolling basis) the rest of his career to Barca, the club he joined as a 12-year-old boy in 1996, some 21 years ago.

Amid all of that, a terrorist attack in the city centre rocked the club and the violence by Spanish police against Catalan citizens in an attempt to halt Sunday's independence vote brought Barca back into the eye of another whirlwind, as the board made a decision to play their Liga fixture against Las Palmas behind closed doors.

One thing it will not mean is that Iniesta, now 33, will hang around until he's almost 40, picking up a paycheque and making the odd appearance in meaningless Copa del Rey fixtures.

"I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract", Iniesta said.

"The FC Barcelona and Andrés Iniesta have reached an agreement for the lifetime extension of the contract between the two parties".

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However, Bartomeu is still to convince Messi, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, to sign a new five-year deal agreed back in July.

"I know my mind and body, but every player is conscious of their possibilities". However, the new deal will keep him at Barcelona for the rest of his career.

The midfielder's contract was due to expire next summer and he had expressed doubts about whether he would continue at the Camp Nou beyond then.

"I want to extend my career for as long as I can", he said. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.

Iniesta is the only player at Barcelona who can match Messi's haul of 30 trophies with the club.

A mainstay in the midfield, Iniesta has started seven of nine games since the Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid and is very clear when he speaks that the present and winning trophies this season is all that matters.

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