Andres Iniesta pressed the big red button and the fireworks filled the Catalan sky, fireworks no-one anticipated nine months ago. No one expected Iniesta, for starters, to be walking away from Barcelona at the end of the same season in which he signed a lifetime contract. Few expected the Arctic Monkeys would be blared into a lit-up Camp Nou either, as pyrotechnics illustrated Barca's third domestic double in four years.
This was a season, after all, that began with a down-beat Gerard Pique saying...
We tabulated the votes from all our global editors throughout the 2017-18 Player Power Rankings to see who had the best season of them all. Could anyone match Lionel Messi's magic?
1. Lionel Messi
Why he's here: Messi played all over the pitch for Barca this season, in a campaign in which the Blaugrana did the Liga and Copa del Rey double, and still managed to win Europe's Golden Shoe race with 34 goals in La Liga; across all competitions, that number rose to 47, and he chipped in 21 assists...
BARCELONA -- A Philippe Coutinho wonder strike was the difference as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Sunday to send Andres Iniesta off with one last win.
Iniesta, making his 674th and final appearance, for Barca was substituted in the 81st minute with his side already in the lead but his name rang around Camp Nou until the final whistle. Barca were presented with the league trophy, the 25th in their history at full-time, but this was all about Iniesta, who was in tears on the bench after...
Sunday at the Camp Nou was a special and emotional day. Andres Iniesta played his 670th and final game for Barcelona as the league champions closed out the 2017-18 Spanish Primera Division season against Real Sociedad.
A tear began to run down Xavi Hernandez's cheek. A Barcelona without Andres Iniesta? He didn't even want to think about it. But he has to. There was a time when you thought of Barca and you thought of Xavi and Iniesta. Xaviesta. But Xavi left the office three years ago and now, after 22 years at Camp Nou, it's time for his old desk-mate to say goodbye as well.
Barcelona revealed their new shirt for next season by airdropping it in above the Olympic pool in the city on Saturday as a team of synchronised swimmers performed below.
First team playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Leila Ouahabi from the women's team were among the 10 players and season ticket holders to show off the new strip in more detail, each one of them representing a different one of Barcelona's 10 districts.