Tokyo: Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning hero Andrés Iniesta will leave Japan’s Vissel Kobe at the start of July.
“We say a heartfelt thank you for the five years he has spent here,” the J-League leaders said in a statement on Thursday.
Whether the 39-year-old former Barcelona midfielder will retire is unknown.
“It’s a very emotional day after so many years,” Iniesta told a news conference. “I tried to give my best on and off the pitch. I am very proud of that.” He has mainly been a substitute at Kobe since the start of the year. (dpa)