Iniesta greets Japanese fans, vows to conquer Asia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 May 2018 09:05:12


KOBE (Japan),

BARCELONA legend Andres Iniesta made his first appearance at Vissel Kobe since signing for the Japanese side, greeting thousands of fans and vowing to make his new club the biggest in Asia.

Wearing the number eight shirt—like he did at Barcelona—the 34-year-old World Cup winner attended a welcome ceremony at the J-League club’s home stadium in the western port city of Kobe, together with team owner Hiroshi Mikitani. “This is a big challenge for me,” Iniesta told some 4,000 fans through an interpreter two days after signing his contract at a glitzy unveiling in Tokyo. He displayed his ball-juggling technique and kicked footballs into the crowd, delighting fans.

“I aim to contribute to the team as much as possible,” said Iniesta, who is agreed a three-year deal with an annual salary of $30 million, a J-League record. “I think I should pursue the best objectives in both football and my life,” he added, saying he wants Vissel to win the league and “if possible, conquer Asia”.