Spain and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of the last decade.
Before that, there were definitely signs of things to come – as evidenced by video footage that has emerged of Iniesta playing as a 12-year-old.
Iniesta represented Albacete as a junior, before his simmering potential led to the Catalan giants making a move. And the rest, as they say… well, you know the rest.
Spain, the reigning world champions, can ensure a defence of the trophy in Brazil by defeating Georgia in their final qualifier tonight – which is being held in, you guessed it… Albacete.
With Iniesta, scorer of the title-clinching goal against Holland in the 2010 final in South Africa, returning to his childhood neck of the woods, this compilation of his prodigal days has come to light.
Though it comprises mostly of grainy, amateur footage, there is nothing grainy or amateur about the young Iniesta’s skills even back then.