His parents knew Barcelona's youth team coach, Enrique Orizaola, and he persuaded them to consider sending Iniesta to the Barcelona youth academy.
Iniesta traveled there with his parents and visited La Masia, the farmhouse where the club houses its young players; the trip convinced them to enroll Iniesta in the Barcelona youth ranks.
Barcelona went on to win the match 3–2 and the cup 5–4 on aggregate.
I am delighted because it was the most important moment in my career." Iniesta started the 2011–12 season by scoring the opening goal in the second leg of the Supercopa de España against rivals Real Madrid.Despite being moved around the pitch by manager Rijkaard, the 2006–07 season remains Iniesta's highest scoring thus far.With the departure of Ludovic Giuly ahead of the 2007–08 campaign, Iniesta was able to switch his number 24 shirt for his preferred number 8.Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006.He helped Spain win Euro 2008, playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament.
Iniesta comes from Fuentealbilla, a small village in the province of Albacete, Castile–La Mancha, Spain.