Don Andres bids goodbye
Andres Iniesta has hung his boots and the time has finally arrived for the Camp Nou stalwarts and his admirers to bid their goodbyes to one of the greatest players ever. It was an emotional sight when he was substituted on the 73rd minute, and the crowd could not hold back their tears, and neither did any football fan in this world. Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 by the help of a Coutinho stunner and ended as a perfect farewell for Andres. He has appeared for more than 800 competitive games for Barcelona and has won 30+ trophies in his career including 4 UCL.
Messi and Co. had bid their goodbyes earlier, but none of them could rub the sadness off their face. Sergio Ramos had already posted on his Instagram, but then posted another fitting tribute to Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres, and Gianluigi Buffon. The moment of the night came couple of hours later when Andres took a seat at the centre of the field and clicked a selfie and remained there for some time. His love for the game and also his love for FC Barcelona can never be measured. He is one of the modern-day greats and arguably the best midfielder of this decade, a comment that could upset his peer Xavi, but it can be hardly debated. Gracias Don Andres!
Nainggolan misses out on a trip to Russia
Belgium announced their 23-man squad that would take part in Russia, but it was surprising to see RadjaNainggolan miss out and it does come as a surprise considering his form for AS Roma has been tremendous. Martinez did make his intention clear when Nainggolan was restricted to 6 appearances in the qualification matches. Eden Hazard will lead the line with KDB, arguably the best central midfielder in the World right now, and they have the likes of Mertens, RomeluLukaku, and Christian Benteke to score the goals. Surprisingly, Carrasco was included after he decided to ply his trade in China after a dismal season for Atletico.
Allegri to continue his stint with Juventus
It was expected Massimilano Allegri to leave Juventus after yet another European failure this time bowing out to Real Madrid again in the Quarter Finals. Allegri has certainly proved his mettle, but has asked the board to back him in the transfer market, and with Buffon leaving after a phenomenal career, Allegri would certainly want to have a goalkeeper to back Sczesny. He would also like to have Emre Can of Liverpool in a free transfer and that would be a steal considering the German midfielder yet to hit his peak. Juventus will be looking to bolster their defence as Barzagli may decide on his future the next season, and he is certainly not the pacey centre back anymore. Benatia has been good, but the performance that Chiellini and Bonucci had put up, Allegri will be desperate to form such a partnership again.