Andres Iniesta has extended his contract by signing a new two-year deal with Vissel Kobe.
The World Cup winner will continue on until nearly 40-years-old, after refusing to hang up his boots and putting pen to paper on an extension in Japan.
Iniesta signed the deal on his 37th birthday, as Vissel took to social media to delight in the prolonged stay of the Barcelona icon.
The living football legend will now remain at The Noevir Stadium Kobe in a playing capacity until 2023, and says he is already excited about what the future could bring.
After inking his deal on Tuesday, Iniesta said: ‘’Three years ago, we announced an exciting project here in Tokyo.
‘'The new challenge was a big one for me and my family. I am grateful to the chairman and the people involved in the club for their continued trust even after three years.
‘'Although it was a difficult period, we have built up history, such as winning titles for the club. Today is a special day.
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‘'The most important thing for me is to feel that people around me value me. I want to continue with the passion I had when I came three years ago.'’
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