Espanyol joined the tributes to Iniesta, after he announced his departure from Barcelona.
Therefore, Iniesta, despite being captain of Barcelona, is one of the most beloved players in the rival fiefdom. During the match between the parrots and the Las Palmas Sports Union, the Blue and Whites' fans joined the wave of tributes to the midfielder from La Mancha, after announcing that he will leave the Spanish league at the end of this season.
A visible banner thanked him, in a few words, the love he always showed to the neighbors: “Thanks 21niesta for being first friend” says the text, making a play on words between the 21 of Jarque's dorsal and the 'I' of the beginning of the surname of the Barcelona soccer player. The unanimous applause that, as in every encounter in Cornellá, reminds the missing blue and white captain also served to honor a player who at the peak of his sporting life gave the protagonism to his friend.
– Marc Fuster (@mfuster) 28 April 2018