And his skills in a team should have won him this accolade.
Asked about his future, Iniesta added: "There are still things to be sorted".
However, as the cameras panned around the teary-eyed room, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor was nowhere to be seen, and according to Mundo Deportivo, the attacker's absence was due to him, his wife and children renewing their passports.
In an emotional news conference on Friday, Iniesta did not reveal what his next club will be, only saying it won't be in Europe. "I have thought my decision through for a long time".
Having made his debut with the first team in the 2002-03 season, Iniesta has written himself into Barca folklore and will go down among their finest players ever.
"I said I would never play against Barca so it's not going to be in Europe". It's the main reason towards understanding that my time here is at an end.
"I just want to say "thank you" because he helped me to understand the game better". Soon, I'll be 34 and I have given everything over the year.
"I know what it means to play here year after year and the demands in every sense of the word".
"My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that".
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Post the game, Dhoni was seen doing his duties as a father and spending some good quality time with his adorable daughter Ziva . One ball later, newman Dwayne Bravo was also sent packing with Markande taking the catch at point.
Since then he has made 550 appearances for Barca, won eight La Liga titles (it will be nine by the end of the season), four Champions Leagues, six Copas del Rey, three European and seven Spanish Supercups and four World Club Championships with the club.
The Manchester City manager admitted he learned a lot just watching Iniesta.
"If I'd imagined how my career would end here, this is it".
"But my reaction is, of course, admiration for a great, great, great player".
"That is something which, in the world of football today, is not easy". Hopefully when he retires he can come back to Barcelona and can teach the young players what he has shown on the pitch.
"It's been an honour to share a dressing room with Leo Messi".
This mix of grace and excellence earned him the respect of opposing fans when Barcelona was playing away from home. "There will never be anyone else like him".
"I'd like to be remembered as a good footballer and a good person, because when our football days are over, that's all we are - people".