Iniesta, Torres bid farewell as Spanish league season ends

It will be a weekend of goodbyes in Spain as the La Liga season draws to a close, with Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres set to play their last games for their boyhood clubs.

Champions Barca will look to give Iniesta the perfect send-off when they host Real Sociedad on Sunday in La Liga’s final round of matches.

The midfielder, 34, announced last month that he would leave the club he has been at since the age of 12, with local media reporting he will move to Japan in the close season.

The club will pay an emotional tribute to their captain, with an elaborate mosaic reading ‘Infinite Iniesta’ in Catalan displayed by fans in their Nou Camp stadium.

Barca lost their first league game of the season last weekend away to Levante, denying them the chance to finish the campaign unbeaten.

Coach Ernesto Valverde, however, believes that nothing should detract from his double-winning side’s achievements this season.

“These things seem easy and they’re not,” he said. “We managed to get as far as we did. Of course we’re annoyed to not have the chance to go through the season unbeaten.”

Europa League winners Atletico host mid-table Eibar on Sunday before saying goodbye to Torres, whose second spell with the club finishes at the end of this season when his contract expires.

Torres, 34, has supported Atletico since he was five years old and joined their academy when he was a child, making his first-team debut at the age of 17 in 2001 when they were in Spain’s second division.

Champions League finalists Real Madrid, who will finish third behind Barca and Atletico Madrid, travel to Villarreal on Saturday.


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