One of the greatest in his generation Andres Iniesta has been appointed the New Ambassador of LaLiga Icons in a ceremony in Japan on Monday.
Based in Japan these days and attached to J1 League side Vissel Kobe, Andres Iniesta was honoured in Tokyo on Monday. He became just the second LaLiga Icons Ambassador following the footsteps of Legendary keeper Iker Casillas who was made the brand ambassador in March this year.
Iniesta’s new role was given him in the presence of multiple significant persons in the history of LaLiga including his former team mate and friend Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon,the president of La Liga Javier Tebas.
Speaking to the media after the event,Samuel Eto’o, 38 told reporters that “if Iniesta was a perfect player on the pitch with a 20/20 score off the pitch in his life with people he got a score of 2000 out of 20″.
“Iniesta has been one of the best players or almost the greatest midfielders that Spain has known. He has scored a lot of very important goals for his club, FC Barcelona,” Tebas told reporters.
His memorable goal in the 1 all draw in the Champions League against Chelsea in the 2009 season at the Stamford Bridge is one of such goals.The goal set Barcelona on their way to the 2006 UEFA Champions League success. Iniesta created the same sensation for fans of the “La Roja” (national team) notably with his unforgettable strike in extra time against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.
“I am proud to collaborate and help in every way I can” Iniesta told reporters
Iniesta had to have picked up the role in March alongside Saint Iker but he had to wait more due to his commitments with Vissel Kobe.
Eto’o and Iniesta spent 5 years and won multiple titles together at Barcelona. One of their best moments as team mates was in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final when Andres Iniesta regained possession from the midfield to create the chance that led to Eto’o’s goal against Arsenal.
The Cameroonian’s comment about his Spanish friend is not surprising given how close their relationship has been since their time together at the Camp Nou.