Iniesta pays homage to Jarque
Gate number 2 at Espanyol’s Cornellà-El Prat stadium will house the T-shirt that Andres Iniesta revealed after scoring his World Cup winning goal in South Africa which bore a homage to the late Dani Jarque.
“Dani Jarque, sempre amb nosaltres.” – “Dani
Jarque you are always with us” read the message on the T-shirt Andres Iniesta showed the
world as he celebrated his goal in the final for Spain and this Thursday that shirt was presented
by the Barça midfielder to Jarque’s club Espanyol at their Cornellà-El Prat Stadium in an
emotional ceremony which was kept private at the express wishes of Jarque and Iniesta’s
As a sign of gratitude, the Espanyol President Dani Sánchez Llibre presented Iniesta with his
club’s maximum distinction, the gold and diamond brooch.
“This is the best place for the shirt”
“It’s hard to control my emotions. I didn’t want to
give up this shirt, but I think this is the best place for it”, explained a clearly upset
Iniesta. Andres and Dani shared a great friendship before the Espanyol captain’s tragic death
in August 2009 and the Barça man went on: “I scored that goal, but he will be remembered
Dani Sánchez Llibre thanked Iniesta for his gesture and praised him for his manner on and off
the pitch: “I always thought you were a star, but this is something unbelievably special from
you”. The Espanyol President also explained that Iniesta was a much loved figure at his club
and all over the country because of his attitude.
Sandro Rosell also present
Barça President Sandro Rosell was also present at the presentation which
was held in the main stand of the ground, and was accompanied by Vice Presidents Josep Maria
Bartomeu and Carles Vilarrubí and Board Member Jordi Mestre. Jarque’s mother and family
members and Espanyol players including Ferran Corominas, Iván de la Peña, David García and Luis
García as well as coach Mauricio Pochettino also attended, as did Iniesta’s agent Mágico
Díaz, who was also Jarque’s, and the majority of the Espanyol board.