THE ILLUSIONIST: Spain’s Andres Iniesta. CREDIT: Sourced
Spain's midfielder Sergio Busquets hailed his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta as “magical” after a crucial performance in the country’s Euro 2016 Group D opener against the Czech Republic.

An inspiration in Spain’s 2008 and 2012 Euro successes and 2010 World Cup win, Iniesta, now 32, set up goal scorer Gerard Pique with a precise cross to win 1-0 on Monday night.

Busquets says: “As the years go by, each time he gets better and just as important for us on the pitch as he is off it It’s marvelous to have him with us, he is magical.”

Iniesta, who made his 110th appearance for Spain on Monday, said he was happy to still be fit enough to make a difference for his national team.

He says: “I said many years ago that I wish I would still be asked the same question in years to come as to if I thought I was still at the top of my form.”