A former Barcelona youth player has revealed that club legend Andres Iniesta used to cry himself to sleep at night during his time in the academy.
Retired footballer Roberto Trashorras, who spent his youth career at Barcelona and made a match with first team, made the comments in an interview with Spanish online sports programme ‘Idolos’.
Trashorras was in the famed La Masia academy with Andres Iniesta and they both stayed in accommodation for youth players not from the Barcelona area. Trashorras is from the province of Lugo in north-eastern Spain while Iniesta is a native of Albacete in eastern Spain.
Speaking about his time with Iniesta in the La Masia youth academy, he said: “Me and Iniesta shared bunk beds and I remember he suffered a lot. I was 14 and he was 11. I remember nights of crying and being very united.
“With (Carles) Puyol, he was a reference. He had been in La Masia for a lot longer and his physicality already imposed itself on you.”
Speaking about his time under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, the former midfielder said: “I remember we played a little match. We were in the youth team and we were playing against other youth players who were older, I remember Cruyff watching the match.
“My coach told me: ‘Johan doesn’t want to see you as a striker, he wants you to play as a defensive pivot, Barca’s number 4, and you need to mark the other team’s number 6. I went there and marked him. I kicked him all over, afterwards I shook his hand and he said to me, my name is Xavi Hernandez.”
Trashorras made one appearance for the Barcelona youth team before moving to rivals Real Madrid, where he played for the B team.
He played for Las Palmas, Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, making over 570 league appearances before retiring in August 2018.