Everywhere I go, people talk to me about Andrés. Wherever you are: ‘Iniesta, wow…’ People say to me: 'That midfield with you and Iniesta. My God, what a midfield!’ I’m proud that everyone associates me with him. I like the fact that people always say to me: 'Xavi-Iniesta, Xavi-Iniesta, Xavi-Iniesta.’ There was a TV programme that did a report on us together. It’s as if we were one, a single entity. Actually, we are. I’m proud of that. We’ve gone from people saying that we couldn’t play together to being the same person. People even get us mixed up sometimes. 'Eh, Iniesta…’ and I say: 'No, Iniesta is the other one. The one who can dribble, the one with the change of pace.’ They see us as a couple, two players as one.
—  Xavi Hernández

chem·is·try | ˈke-mə-strē | noun

a: a strong mutual attraction, attachment, or sympathy
b: interaction between people working together; specifically: such interaction when harmonious or effective


On this day 7 years ago, Andrés Iniesta led 2008 European Champions to their first ever World Cup after scoring the game winning goal in the 116th minute, beating the Netherlands 1-0


“But what I love about football is that it brings people together across religious divides, geographic divides, political divides. I love the fact that for ninety minutes in a rectangular piece of grass, people can forget hopefully, whatever might be going on in their life, and rejoice in this communal celebration of humanity. The biggest diverse, invasive or pervasive culture that human kinds knows is football and I love the fact that at the altar of football human kind can come worship and celebrate.“