An emotional story about Iniesta's goal in the 2010 World Cup
The story of the deceased footballer Daniel Jarque
We all remember that mythical goal by Andrés Iniesta in the 2010 World Cup Final. It was the most emotional and exciting goal in the entire history of Spanish football, the one that would give "La Roja" its first World Cup.
However, not everyone knows 100% of the story. When Iniesta scored the goal at 116 ', he automatically took off his shirt and ran to the stands to celebrate with his teammates. But if we stop right at that moment, we will see that Iniesta's shirt says the following: "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros", which in English would be "Dani Jarque always with us".
But who was Dani Jarque? For those who don't know, he was a Catalan football defender who played for 7 seasons at RCD Espanyol. He was even captain of the team. He played more than 200 games as a professional and scored 10 goals. Unfortunately, in 2009, during the summer tour that his team was carrying out in Italy, Jarque lost consciousness in the concentration hotel room while having a telephone conversation with his girlfriend. Although he was quickly transferred to a hospital, the doctors could not do anything to revive him and the football player lost his life on August 8, 2009. Dani Jarque died of asystole, a problem in his heart.
Jarque was a great friend of Andrés Iniesta, who suffered a lot from the loss of his dear friend. Later, Iniesta confessed that for a long time he had wanted to dedicate a footballing moment to him but had not had the opportunity: "I wanted to make him participate in the World Cup and as fate would have it, it was my turn to score the goal and show the shirt". In the following match between Barcelona and Espanyol, Iniesta was applauded by the entire audience of the "Periquitos".
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