The legendary Andrés Iniesta has extended his contract with Vissel Kobe and is set to stay in the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE through the 2023 season.

Iniesta won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Football Championships with Spain, to go along with his four UEFA Champions League trophies and nine LaLiga titles with FC Barcelona, before joining Vissel Kobe in 2018. He has since helped Vissel to Emperor’s Cup and Super Cup crowns.

“I will keep persisting with taking on this challenge with the same passion and drive I felt three years ago,” Iniesta said about signing his new contract.

The announcement of the deal came on Iniesta's 37th birthday and keeps him at the Kobe club a further two years as his initial contract was set to expire after the 2021 season.

“I strongly believe that his philosophy and his attitude will not just inspire young football athletes, but also Japan as a whole,” said Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani.