From an emotional tribute to his late friend in the World Cup final, to that goal against Chelsea, almost being taken out of La Masia by his dad and a battle with depression… the incredible life and career of Andres Iniesta is laid bare in new film
- Andres Iniesta opens up on his amazing career in new film The Unexpected Hero
- The Barcelona legend discusses his winner for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final
- The loss of his friend, Dani Jarque, and a battle with depression are also covered
- Iniesta’s wonderful Champions League goal against Chelsea in 2009 features
- Star’s dad reveals he almost pulled him out of Barca’s academy after just a day
From the highs of scoring the goal that won Spain the World Cup final, and winning the Treble with Barcelona; to the lows of losing one of his closest friends in football, and dealing with depression, Andres Iniesta opens up on his 24 years in football in a new film ‘The Unexpected Hero’.
Iniesta spoke extensively to Sportsmail in an interview to be published at midnight tonight [Thursday]. And producer Rakuten have released an exclusive clip of the biopic as well as a trailer of the film based on the autobiography Iniesta penned with journalists Marcos Lopez and Ramon Besa.
The film includes a dramatic retelling of his World Cup final wining goal in 2010 when he rips his shirt off to reveal the message: ‘Dani Jarque, always with us’ for his friend, the Espanyol captain, who had died of a heart attack during pre-season the previous year.
Andres Iniesta paid tribute to his late friend Dani Jarque after scoring in the World Cup final
The midfielder’s extra-time strike earned Spain a narrow victory in the 2010 final with Holland
Andres Iniesta – The Unexpected Hero is available on 23 April for free on Rakuten TV
Iniesta’s father Jose tells how he knew he would never see the final in person because of his fear of flying, and how, despite the best efforts of friend and former Barcelona youth team coordinator Albert Benaiges, who tried to plan a 42-hour road-trip to Johannesburg to get him there, he ended up watching the game in Iniesta’s empty house back in Spain.
Jose tells how he watched the biggest goal in Spain’s history without knowing who had scored it and how he could not bear to watch the remaining minutes of the match instead putting music in his headphones and going upstairs until he heard the celebratory fireworks in the street and was able to see from the replay that his son had scored the winner.
Iniesta’s second most famous goal also features in the film. Scored in May 2009 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge it put Barcelona through to the Champions League final with practically the last kick of the game.
Chelsea were 1-0 up and dominating when Iniesta’s shot from the edge of the area put them out on away goals.
Samuel Eto’o celebrates with Iniesta after…