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Andres Iniesta moves into fourth on Barcelona all-time appearance list

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta made his 536th appearance for the club in Sunday's 2-1 El Clasico win on Sunday, moving into fourth all-time.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta made his 536th appearance for the club in Sunday's 2-1 El Clasico win on Sunday, moving into fourth all-time behind Xavi, Puyol and Migueli.

Iniesta was handed a starting berth against Real Madrid and therefore the captain’s armband, with Xavi starting on the bench, but the game meant more than just three points and a win over their arch-rivals, as the 30-year-old made a ladnmark appearance for the club.

Barcelona's win over Manchester City in their Champions League tie on Wednesday put the iconic midfielder level with his former teammate, friend and current Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes on 535 appearances.

Iniesta joined the club at the age of 12, but didn't make his first team debut until he was 18, when former manager Louis Van Gaal played him in a Champions League game against FC Bruges on 29 October 2002.

According to the club, Iniesta has gone on to play 104 total Champions League games, while adding 354 in La Liga, 58 in the Copa del Rey, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, two in the European Super Cup, five in the Club World Cup and three in the UEFA Cup.

However, Iniesta has also chipped in 53 goals throughout his first team career, with 10 coming in the Champions League, 33 in La Liga, one in the Spanish Super Cup and nine in the Copa del Rey.

Yet, there is one goal that has been burned into everyone's collective memories. When Iniesta put on a masterclass in a 2009 Champions League semi-final match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and his iconic goal sent them to the final, where they would eventually beat Manchester United in Rome.

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