Iniesta in World Cup tribute to dead compatriot
World Cup final goalscorer Andres Iniesta paid tribute after his goal saw off Holland by whipping off his jersey and displaying a t-shirt honouring former player Daniel Jarque, who died of a heart attack last year.
Iniesta raced to the touchline and removed his jersey to reveal an undershirt with the words “Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros (Dani Jarque always with us) in honour of the former Espanyol and Spanish under-21 international.
The defender died last August during Espanyol’s pre-season preparations in Coverciano, Italy. Spanish media reported he was telephoning his pregnant girlfriend in the team hotel when he suffered a heart attack.
A week after his death, Iniesta’s international teammate Cesc Fabregas, who once played alongside Jarque with the under-21 teams, dedicated a goal in Arsenal’s English Premier League win over Everton to Jarque.