Andres Iniesta claims he battled depression after Barcelona won 2009 Champions League

Andres Iniesta claims he battled depression after Barcelona won 2009 Champions League

- Andres Iniesta has shared his experience after Barcelona won the Champions League in 2009

- The 35-year-old in his upcoming documentary talked about how he fought depression after his close pal died

- The Barcelona legend has won four Champions League, nine La Liga, two Euros and a World cup trophy

Andres Iniesta has opened up about his bitter-sweet experience when Barcelona won the Champions League in 2009.

The Spanish midfielder had lost a friend Dani Jarque that same year and all he could only do was to wait for the nights to be over so he could rest after getting treatment.

Iniesta has won four Champions League trophies with his boyhood club including nine La Liga titles, two European championships and the World Cup.

He is mostly remembered for scoring the goal that won Spain their first-ever World Cup trophy in their history in 2010 against the Netherlands.

However, in Iniesta's upcoming documentary ‘The Unexpected Hero" the 35-year-old recalls his darkest moments when he could only live one day at a time.

“I got to the point, especially at the start, I was waiting for the nights to come because I took med*cation and I could rest.

“It was that bad, I just wanted to rest.

“I had a very bad time. People close to me know it, I had very bad situations. Until you suffer it, you don’t know what it’s like.

“I had a hard time but I never stopped training and took it one day at a time."

Iniesta, who joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe two years ago, believes the experience actually helped him grow as a person.

“From there and with all the people I had around me I came out of this not the same person, but better," he added:

“My wife, my girlfriend at the time, never left my side. She would spend nights with me at my parent’s house.

“Those people and the ones that surround you help everything make sense. I am very thankful for all of them.”

The Spanish and Barcelona legend is now willing to help others who are battling with similar issues.

He said: “People have told me after hearing my statements or seeing things I’ve done they have felt better.

“It is not my intention to say ‘look I helped 20,000 people’. I tell my experiences with total honesty.

“Whether they are good things or bad and from there, if I have helped people then I am twice as happy for it.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Philippe Coutinho is reportedly close to agreeing terms with Chelsea amid interest from Premier League side Arsenal, reports in Spain claim.

The Barcelona midfielder is currently on loan at Bayern Munich with the hope of making the deal permanent.

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