CELTA VIGO 4-3 BARCELONA

Iniesta makes 600th Barcelona appearance in Celta defeat

The midfielder brought up the milestone after being introduced as a half-time substitute in Barça's 4-3 loss to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Iniesta makes 600th Barcelona appearance in Celta defeat
MIGUEL VIDAL REUTERS

Midfield maestro Andrés Iniesta featured in the 600th Barcelona match of his career in Los Azulgranas' LaLiga defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Spain international was brought on at half time at Balaídos as Barça went down 4-3 to Eduardo Berizzo's side.

Second in Barcelona's appearances list

Iniesta, who made his debut in 2002, is Barça's second-highest all-time appearance maker behind fellow Blaugrana legend Xavi Hernández.

Alongside Lionel Messi, he is the club's most decorated player ever with 29 trophies: eight LaLigas, four Copas del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, four Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

Iniesta (front row, second from right) made his Barça debut in a Champions League clash with Club Brugge in October 2002.

He is best known for his winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands - a strike that handed La Roja their first ever global crown.

"We can only enoy him" - Luis Enrique

"I had the luck to play with him and now to coach him," Barça head coach Luis Enrique said before the Celta game.

"We can only enjoy him. Not just for what he has achieved, but how he has achieved it. For the values he has shown and what he represents to world football."