Torres, Iniesta say goodbye

May 21, 2018

MADRID, Spain (AP):

First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta. The Spanish league season ended yesterday with two Spanish football idols bidding farewell to their clubs.

Torres ended his storied career with boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team's 2-2 draw against Eibar.

A few hours later, Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.

It was an emotional ending for the players, who were key members of Spain's golden generation that won two European Championships and a World Cup.

Iniesta received a standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd after being substituted in the 82nd minute of his 675th match with the Catalan club, in a career that saw him win 32 titles.

Iniesta embraced Lionel Messi and his other team-mates before saluting the fans and leaving the pitch one last time.

The crowd chanted his name through the final minutes as Iniesta watched from the bench, unable to hold back tears.

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