WATCH: Rafa pays tribute to Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta

Rafael Nadal, Iker Casillas, Neymar, Sergio Ramos and many other stars have paid tribute to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta ahead of his final appearance for the Catalans at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

A hugely important figure in Barcelona’s recent successes, at his peak Iniesta was one of the standout players in world football given his vision and exemplary technique. Iniesta has also enjoyed much success on the international stage, winning the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.

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83 thoughts on “WATCH: Rafa pays tribute to Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta

  1. Rafan

    Wow just blinked my eyes for a second and Rafa did it.. missed the match after rain but not complaining at all 😃😃😃vamos Rafa

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  2. Maria(England)

    Rafa Nadal veni vidi vici ( eventually)
    Rafa you have reclaimed your Empire , I’m so happy for you and back to number one. Who knows the outcome could have been very different if it wasn’t for the rain delay
    Rafa and Roger had it all their own way last year , now they need to find another gear because Novak and Zverev are coming for them

    Good luck in the FO , make it number 12

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  3. Lorna

    In 2005 Rafa won his first Rome title against Coria with the fearlessness of youth. Today his experience got him through against youth.

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  4. Lorna

    Smart Rafa! The conditions don’t favour him, but he’s mixing it up, changing the pace and he’s got his reward with a break!!!!!

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      1. PUMA

        Yes what Rafa’s fans go through. He should win 6.1 6.1 this match instead of almost losing it because in reality Zverev is a big bubble that bursts very easily. By the way, after this match and seeing the tantrums of Zverev I think I will certainly never watch Zverev again. Goffin who respects all players and has never criticized any rival, talked for the first time how Zverev was disrespectful and deliberately annoying to turn a match around and win!

        Anyway wamos Rafa you are the best;

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    1. Mac

      Amazing. Simply wonderful! Even God must have been like, Rafa this is so unlike you, let me send some rain so you take a break and recover. Reminds me of RG 2012 (or 2014) final against Djoker.

      Well done champ!

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  5. Fan love

    THAT SERVE WAS GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU WERE RIGHT SWEETHEART AND THE UMPIRE DID NOT MAKE THE CORRECT CALL……BUT HE IS A GOOD UMPIRE AND YOU WON THE POINT JUST THE SAME : ) WI………WI………WI…….: ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXO

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      1. Susie

        And rafa held serve. He’s in front Maria. When did your constitution get so weak? Lol. I struggle at times too

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  6. Lorna

    Zverev looks so cool wheras Rafa look fed up. He can’t be happy with the the damp conditions as the balls will be heavy but hey, it’s the same for both players. I love Rafa to win on his own terms but i’m hoping for a let down in fkrm from Zverev.

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  7. Bis

    One break is not that catastrophic if Rafa get himself together after the rain,but…usually he is loosing when is not sun shine for his spin.But rain helped him at Wimbledon against Roger…So let’s hope.

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  8. Fan love

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) THEY ARE SHOWING YOUR PREVIOUS MATCHES AND THAT IS GREAT…… YOU ARE ONE SPECIAL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) MY SON HAS A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP DINNER THIS AFTERNOON, AND AN IMPORTANT SOCCER GAME RIGHT AFTER……THEIR TEAM IS AT THE TOP OF THEIR DIVISION AND THIS IS THE FINALS…..IF THEY WIN THIS AFTERNOON THEY WILL BE THE CHAMPS……. SO HOPING ROME RAIN DELAY ENDS SHORTLY…..AND WILL ALLOW ME ENOUGH TIME TO SEE YOUR MATCH TO THE END………IF NOT SWEETHEART, KNOW WE ARE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX ENJOY YOUR AFTERNOON AND EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!! : )

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  9. What terrible 30-31 hours this is . Left my office when Rafa was 5-2 up against Novak , got in an accident.Woke up to find nadal win in 7-6 6-3 hard fought match. Now I got a broken leg and Rafa is struggling in the final. Come on ! This is ridiculous😭😭

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    1. Mac

      Sorry to hear about your accident Navdeep. Don’t worry about Rafa, he will be fine even if he loses today.

      But wow… What’s going on with Rafa!?? Wake up champ!

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      1. Thanks for your lovely words. I also hope Rafa gets better after the rain interruption. Maybe it’s the lunch he needed. I m off to sleep since it’s ridiculous doing nothing😔. Thankyou once again

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    2. Lorna

      Omg! That’s really bad luck with your leg. Sorry to hear and hope it’s mended soon. Talk about Rafa being nervious, he’s making us all anxious. Sky just played highlights of Rafa’s title win in Rome against Coria. Oh the fearlessness of youth! Rafa could do with finding that emotion NOW!

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    3. Susie

      Oh no Navdeep – hope your leg heals soon. Its not over yet so I’m hoping we all have something to smile about soon. If not – it’s onwards and upwards for rafa and the rest of us. Get well soon

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      1. Will take some time to heal Susie. This is frustrating. Can’t even go to bathroom. I am really pissed n the match is making me even more sick. By Susie , as I have said earlier off to sleep.

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  10. Fan love

    PS: FORGOT TO MENTION VERY IMPORTANT THING: YOU STILL LOOK HANDSOME AND ADORABLE OUT THERE…….AND WE LOVE HOW YOU PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) 😉 : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND ENJOY AND NOTHING IS IN THE WAY……. SIMPLY KEEP PLAYING YOUR POINT BY POINT FUN AND THINK OF ZERO ELSE……THAT IS YOUR PRECIOUS WAY…….FEISTY……..AGGRESSIVE………PASSIONATE…….. COMMANDING…….NOTHING ELSE MATTERS……NO RANKING…..NO POINTS……NO ANY BS……..
    KEEP GOING & KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 😉 : ) : ) 🙂 YOU BRING A LOT OF PRIDE AND JOY TO THE SPORT OF TENNIS AND YOU BRING IN LOTS OF REVENUES FOR THE SPORT……FANS LOVE YOU AND JUST SENDING LOTS OF GREAT INSPIRATION AND LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) DO WHAT EVER FEELS GREAT OUT THERE….ALL IS WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 😉 🙂 WE LOVE YOU AND ARE THERE 100% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE FUN & ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) XOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXXO

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  11. jas_uk

    That first set was a joy to watch, such a shame about what’s happened afterwards. I wouldn’t mind too much if Rafa lost to some other player, but I can’t bear that if Zverev wins he’ll have 3 clay titles this year and Rafa only 2. But I haven’t given up yet.
    I think the weather might have played some part in Rafa’s performance in the second set, watching the clouds roll in and maybe trying to rush things before the rain started. But he often has what I call the Second Set Slump, against lesser players he can get through it, but Zverev is too good lately.

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    1. Susie

      Jas_uk i agree with all that you say. But even if rafa loses today it doesn’t mean that RG is a gonner. He will peak for that Im sure. Just hope he turns it around today. He’s a fighter

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      1. jas_uk

        I agree with you, RG is a different thing and as yet Zrerev hasn’t been very good at Bo5. I’ve been comparing Rafa’s clay stats from last year to this and they as good, there’s definitely still hope for RG, whatever happens today

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  12. mjus

    rain break. Hope nadal will talk with francisco roig about what to do. In my opinion he needs to win Rome in order to go to paris with momentum otherwise momentum will be gone and zverev will be the player to beat.

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  13. Fan love

    OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR BRILLIANT WAYS ON THE COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )_ : ) ; ) : ) : ) LOVE HOW YOU MANAGED TO RETURN BACKWARDS NEAR THE NET AND WITH SUCH SPEED STILL COME BACK AND PLACE A BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU ARE SENDING HIM SIDE TO SIDE….HE DOES NOT LIKE THAT AND IT ANNOYS HIM PLUS HE IS TIRED……..THE OTHER THINK i LOVE IS HOW YOU GO ABOUT AND KEEP STRIDING REGARDLESS THE SCORE….THAT IS YOUR GENIUS NADAL SPECIALTY…..AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) SO ENJOY EVERYTHING AND LETS BE CLEAR THIS IS NO BIG DEAL…… JUST ANOTHER MATCH…………………….. VAMOS SWEETHEART 7 GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!; ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  14. Rafa fan 1

    Yes! Rafa only has himself to blame! He isn’t playing well and Zverev is growing in confidence.

    Feel terrible. Rafa must not slump mentally. That would be a catastrophy!

    Vamos

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    1. Lorna

      I agree totally. Rafa is the one getting in his own way. He’s seems anxious and therefore over-analysing things. In contrast Zerev is calmly hitting returns and quite content to wait for an error from Rafa. The rain delay isn’t wkn’t hep but at lead Rafa held his serve to make it 2-3. Let’s not write Rafa off just yet. Pehaps now his back is firmly against the wall we just might see him mount a comback.

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  15. Fan love

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) KEEP GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) IT IS ALL OK…… AND I CAN TELL YOU ARE THE STRONGER BETTER PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) YOU ARE PLAYING SOLID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) JUST KEEP GOING……AND ENJOY EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    WE LOVE YOU AND GO OUT & HAVE FUN OUT THERE……. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES AND YOUR PASSION AND DETERMINATION IS THE BEST IN TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) RAIN IS FRUITFUL AND WE KNOW YOU CAN ENJOY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) LOVE YOU SWEETHEART & SENDING LOVE & HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOXO
    GO SWEETHEART GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  16. Jean Sober

    A mentally affected by the ‘nerves’ virus (since 2014 part of his persona) Rafa has never turned a big match around by himself, in his favor. So unfortunately he will lose this match and goes to Paris with a viral infection: the Rafa nerves.

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  17. mjus

    nadal is losing momentum. He has only himself to blame if he loses. There is also something in tennis called mental fatigue. And he is mentally tired playing too much he had momentum by winning monte carlo and barcelona he is going to lose it and zverev will be the one heading to paris with winning 3 titles in a row. Nadal will have to reckon with thiem, zverev and a reborn djokovic.

    winning best of five against nadal is difficult in paris but i rather had nadal winning madrid and rome instead of winning monte carlo and barcelona

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    1. Fan love

      WHATEVER HAPPENS IT IS OK…………………… THIS IS A RAFA FAN SITE…..ENJOY HIS PRESENCE AND KEEP CHEERING : )

      VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

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  18. Lorna

    Time and time again Rafa gets broken very early in a set and he’s got to fix this before RG. Most of the time he manages to break back and regain control but with a player like Zverev i’m not sure it’s going to happen as he’s growing in confidence. If Rafa holds his own serve easily from now on then he’s going to go after Zverev more aggressively.

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  19. Maria(England)

    I don’t like Zverev, but I guess I have to except the days of Rafa, Roger,Andy and Novak are over and Zverev is the one to beat😥

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