Andres Iniesta has hailed Louis van Gaal as the “most important” coach during his glittering career.
Iniesta, 34, will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season as he embarks on his next career move.
He has played under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique at Barca, while Vicente del Bosque led Spain to World Cup glory.
But Iniesta believes former Manchester United boss Van Gaal had the biggest impact on his career
Van Gaal had two separate spells in charge of Barca and gave Iniesta his professional debut back in 2002.
Asked to describe various teammates and coaches in a sentence, he referred to Van Gaal as “my most important manager”.
Iniesta established himself under Frank Rijkaard at the Nou Camp and believes the Dutchman was the “ideal technician” for that stage of his career.
The midfielder also hailed Guardiola as “a teacher” while Enrique was referred to as “a friend and coach that made me feel important again”.
On 2010 World Cup winner Del Bosque, he said: “A trainer and spectacular person. An example as a person.”
Iniesta was also asked for one sentence on his teammates past and present, including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Ronaldinho.