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Andres Iniesta receives a standing ovation from Juventus fans in the Champions League

The midfield maestro was substituted near the end of Barcelona's Champions League clash against Juventus - and received a rousing applause from all corners of the stadium

You’ll be hard-pushed to find a player who receives more love and respect than Andres Iniesta. 

Barcelona’s midfield maestro radiates style, and is a universally popular figure among football fans across the globe.


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Even fans of Barcelona’s bitter cross-city rivals Espanyol love him, after his touching tribute to the late Dani Jarque in the 2010 World Cup final.

‘Dani Jarque, always with us’

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‘Dani Jarque, always with us’

He’s also one of the few guys to play in Red and Blue who can say he’s received a standing ovation from fans of Real Madrid – following his El Clasico masterclass at the Bernabeu in 2015.

He was on fire that night

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He was on fire that night

And now it looks like fans of Juventus are getting in on the act. 

Juve supporters have certainly seen their fair share of classy players over the years, with Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved and Andrea Pirlo just some of the names to grace the black and white jersey in recent times.

So they know a thing or two.

Cool

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Cool

So when Barcelona came to town in last night’s Champions League, Iniesta was naturally applauded by all four corners of the Allianz Stadium when he was substituted in the 82nd minute.

It was a quite brilliant moment from the Juve fans, with Iniesta probably the first player from an opposition team side to receive such a reception in their new stadium.


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Luckily, one fan captured the moment from the stands and stuck the video on Twitter.

All rise, please. 

Lovely stuff.

Speaking about the moment after the game, Iniesta said: “It’s really nice that the supporters show me this kind of affection – both at home and abroad.

“Honestly, it is a source of pride and it makes me really happy, both as a player and as a person.”

Proud moment

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Proud moment

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got in Turin last night – with the game between the giants of Italy and Spain ending goalless.

But Barca will be the happier of the two, having cemented their place in the last 16 with the draw.

Will Iniesta add yet another Champions League medal to his collection this year?