A third La Liga in four seasons beckons for Barcelona as they prepare to take on relegation-threatened Deportivo la Coruna. Barca are currently on 83 points, 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid with four games left to play for Diego Simeone’s side. It means that even a draw would be enough for the Catalan giants to seal the title. Despite the stunning sale of Neymar to PSG for a reported amount reported to be around 222 million euros and the departure of manager Luis Enrique, Ernesto Valverde has managed to build a winning machine around a rampant Lionel Messi. Apart from the value of a third title in four seasons, this is also captain Andres Iniesta’s last season and there are few more fitting ways to go than by lifting the humungous La Liga trophy.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said on Friday he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Iniesta has spent all of his senior career at and is their most decorated player ever along with Lionel Messi, having lifted 31 trophies, which is soon to be 32 if Barca clinch the Liga title on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said of Iniesta: “You have the eternal gratitude of Barca fans and the whole football world. Today is not a farewell, it’s a see you soon.”

If Barcelona get a point against Deportivo they will be crowned this year’s La Liga champions.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has also hailed Iniesta for his contribution to Spanish football.

“It’s difficult for me and for anyone who likes football. I don’t see him as a player but a football man,” he said.

“He is charming, very reserved and I like people like that. I don’t know him well but I only have good words for him and I wish him all the best as a player and as a person.”



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