and yet another incredible gesture
If you needed another reason to love this team (you probably don’t, if you’re here reading this blog), here it is: yesterday, Andrés Iniesta ceded to Espanyol the shirt he wore under his World Cup final jersey, the one made famous when he scored the goal and whipped off his jersey, the one dedicated to his good friend Dani Jarque, the one that showed the world that Dani Jarque had not been forgotten.
The shirt will form part of the mural dedicated to Dani at gate 21 (he had worn the number 21 jersey) of Espanyol’s Cornellà-El Prat stadium. In return, the club honored Andrés with their gold and diamond insignia, and the Catalan Federation of Espanyol Peñas gave him a silver insignia as a gesture of gratitude.
In declarations at the act, a visibly emotional Andrés said, “I give thanks to Espanyol. It was hard for me to give away this shirt, but I think this is the best place it can be. I scored the goal, but Dani will always be the one remembered.” Espanyol’s president Daniel Sánchez Llibre, meanwhile, said of Iniesta: “He’s a crack. It’s true that this gesture is difficult to believe, but it’s the reality. He’s a great footballer, and I’m sure that when he leaves the sport, he’ll still be very much loved by Espanyol and by football.”
Watch a video here.
What a grand gesture by Andrés Iniesta.
The shirt looks so tiny, no?