Iniesta inspired by ‘collective objectives’
Andres Iniesta will continue his quest for silverware this season, with his will to succeed as strong as ever. The Barcelona midfielder scored the only goal as Spain beat the Netherlands in South Africa to add the FIFA World Cup™ crown to the European one they won two years ago.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to trophies, with four La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues and a Copa del Rey already in his collection. Iniesta's performances have also earned him a host of personal plaudits, but he insists it is team glory that drives him on.
"My personal objectives are collective objectives," he told Barcelona's official website. "Winning trophies is what makes me happy, it's what makes the fans happy and is all there is.
"Individual prizes are not important. Barça continuing to win things is important and what will make everyone happy."
Iniesta was omitted from the squad for today's international friendly in Mexico to afford him some rest at the request of his club. Having been on an extended holiday following the FIFA World Cup, he is now attempting to catch up with his team-mates in pre-season training ahead of the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla this weekend.
"I am doing well and am doing everything in order to continue to find my fitness slowly but surely," he said. "Some of my team-mates are ahead in training having been back for longer, and they are in better form. Now I am just another squad member and it is up to the coach to decide if I play."