Barcelona extends Iniesta's contact 'for life,' club says, revealing few details

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One of the most complete midfielders of the game, Iniesta joined the club's youth squad when he was 12 in 1996, and along with Messi is the player with most titles won with the senior squad, with 30. "It makes me very happy that my club has given me this chance".

This club has grown through this agreement because after 118 years of history it's the first time we have ever offered a footballer a lifelong contract. "I want to continue doing important things here", Iniesta, 33, said.

"Today I am hugely grateful for the confidence the club has shown in me".

Captain Andres Iniesta became the first player to sign a contract for life with Barcelona on Friday, ending speculation he could leave the club where he has spent his entire career.

Iniesta's contract was due to expire next summer and there were increasing doubts about where his future lay.

At the start of the season Iniesta felt unsure of the direction the club was going in under Bartomeu's and he was also reluctant to sign a lucrative new deal and then not be able to produce for the team on the pitch. The truly, sincerely nutty thing about the "war minus the shooting" characterisation of football, for which this column has gently needled Orwell a few times, is this: no matter which side you are on, the other guys believe it too. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.

"He has scored 55 goals for the first team, for which he debuted on October 29th, 2002". The club have done everything they can to ensure the player once described by former coach Luis Enrique as "world heritage", a wonder to be enjoyed by everyone, sees out his years at Camp Nou.

This is a reward for Andrés' exceptional career.

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.

What exactly is a "lifetime contract"?