Andres Iniesta has named two kids to wish them a happy birthday, since they were born due to one of the key goals of his career.
The former Spain midfielder netted a goal that won Barcelona the 2010 Champions League semi-final game. The goal was all the more dramatic as it came two minutes before the end of Stamford Bridge’s second leg match to secure a 1-1 draw on the night for the La Liga team and send them over on the total.
After a pass from Lionel Messi, Iniesta fired in the top corner from the edge of the box…successfully! It sparked crazy Barcelona celebrations as they entered the 2009 Champions League final in Rome, where they beat Manchester United, another side of the Premier League.
There were still lots of celebrating going on back in the Spanish capital. That’s not all- nine months later Barcelona maternity hospitals reported having to deal with an increase in birth level.
Iniesta recognised his role in helping to raise the community’s birth rate by talking with two children who were born in January 2010. He shared a video on Monday on his Twitter account, dedicated to the anniversary of the second leg battle with Chelsea.
The midfielder, 35, who now plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, talked to Ignacio, who was born on January 18, and asked: “Has your mother shown you the goal?”
“Yeah, what a play,” the 10-year-old replied.
His mother, Andrea Barri, also announced that she had discovered that she was pregnant with Ignacio before flying out against United to the final.
Iniesta also talked with the 29 January born Josep Enric. His father, Josep Salvat, explained that his family had connected the birth of his son with the target of the midfielder.
He said: “My older brother is a huge fan of the Barca, football is like a faith to him. He was the one who went and looked at the calendar and did the estimates. I remember how much we enjoyed the game, all was lost but your game brought us great joy.”