Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta was greeted by around 300 fans as he arrived at Kansai International Airport on Wednesday to join his new team Vissel Kobe in the J. League.

The signing of the 34-year-old, who is believed to have inked a multiyear deal with an annual salary of $30 million, comes as a timely boost to the J. League, which hopes to see the club justify his hefty pay package through an increase in attendance figures.

"It was a long trip but I had been looking forward to coming to Japan. I'm excited to play with my Vissel teammates," Iniesta said.