Spain's exit from the 2018 World Cup will be remembered as an abject failure with Russian Federation eliminating La Roja on penalties, and Spain will now be stuck on 99 World Cup goals until at least Qatar 2022.
'This was my last game for Spain, ' Iniesta told reporters.
"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances". A marvellous spell is over.
One of the greatest midfielders in the history of the game had already given notice the World Cup was likely to be his global swansong after calling time on his Barcelona career.
However, Iniesta did accept coach Fernando Hierro's decision to leave him out of the starting XI. "It's a hard moment, one we have been through on various occasions - we weren't capable of going that little bit extra".
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'The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything.
The Spanish King, he said, congratulated the Russian president on Team Russia's win in today's game and they advancing to the quarterfinals.
He was unable to inspire Spain to victory however as they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by the World Cup hosts.
Sergei Ignashevich scored La Roja's 99th goal in World Cup history with an untidy own goal as he wrestled with Sergio Ramos when attempting to defend a free-kick.
"The national team will continue to be successful because of the level of players we have and that is what they should try". We will be back at big tournaments again.