Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have rightly dominated the headlines for the past decade, leaving Andres Iniesta's sustained brilliance to go somewhat under the radar.
However, there is no question the Spanish magician - who on Thursday completed a move to J.League side Vissel Kobe to end a career-long association with Barcelona - is the footballers' footballer.
Iniesta's technique, vision and ability to dictate the pace of a game has been consistently recognised by some of the most high-profile names in the sport, much like England's Paul Scholes before him.
We look at some of the glowing tributes paid to the imperious Iniesta during his time at the very top of the game.
"Iniesta doesn't dye his hair, he doesn't wear earrings and he hasn't got any tattoos. Maybe that makes him unattractive to the media, but he is the best."
"Andres and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents. But he has something that always amazes me. There's always a moment when you think you're going to catch him, when you think you're going to get the ball off him, but you can't. He's not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique."
"When he has the ball, it's like everything else stops – like the camera is going in slow motion."
"When I see him play these days, he reminds me of Xavi. He was always a top-quality player. He started very young with us, and it's crazy to see how he has gone on to make so much history."
"Iniesta is the boyfriend that every mother wants her daughter to have. The figures over his career tell you all you need to know. He is a magical player. There are few players in the world that can compare to him."
Soci, company, AMIC. Només la teva humanitat supera el teu talent. Com he gaudit al teu costat! Gràcies per tant! @andresiniesta8 Socio, compañero, AMIGO. Solo tu humanidad supera tu talento. ¡Cómo he disfrutado a tu lado! ¡Gracias por tanto! Partner, teammate, FRIEND. Only your generosity is greater than your talent. It was great playing alongside you! Thank you for so much!
"Iniesta is easily Spain's most complete player. He has everything. Playing alongside him is very easy."
"The press often ask me whether Messi or Ronaldo is the best, but for me something is very clear: Andres Iniesta is the number one. He is able to do even more difficult things on the pitch. He is magic with the ball and so influential."
Seguimos sumando hacia nuestro objetivo! pic.twitter.com/2bDtz0thkv— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) April 18, 2018
Vicente Del Bosque
"He is the complete footballer. He can attack and defend, he creates and scores."
"He's creative, he runs with the ball, he's got a brilliant final pass and with each passing year he's become more of a goalscorer as well as a provider. He's a source of immense confidence for us. During matches you can see him taking on more and more responsibility and in attack he's the team's reference point."
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