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Andres Iniesta Honoured With Naked Statue To Celebrate 2010 World Cup Winning Goal

Andres Iniesta Honoured With Naked Statue To Celebrate 2010 World Cup Winning Goal

Ten years after Andres Iniesta scored a dramatic 116th minute winner against the Netherlands to become a hero in Spain, his native country have decided to honour the classic World Cup moment with a statue.

It has been announced that the former Barcelona midfielder will be given a bronze figure in his hometown of Albacete.

But at this very moment in time, it isn't just any ordinary sculpture. A picture of the Iniesta statue wearing no clothes has emerged and well, it's caused quite a reaction online.

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Despite the initial picture being posted online, it was later revealed by a representative of Albacete's town hall that the final version will be dressed in a classic Spain kit.

"The image is not of the final work of the sculpture, but of a sketch in clay, before being cast in bronze." they said.

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"In the final sculpture, the athlete will appear wearing his sporting kit."

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Locals were set to celebrate the unveiling of Andres Iniesta's statue on July 10 but restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have delayed progress.

The statue will be presented to locals in 2021 instead, according to reports.

Of course, Iniesta isn't the only player to have been honoured with a statue. Three years ago, when Cristiano Ronaldo still playing for Real Madrid, he was made into a bust at the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport.

The moment became famous because the statue really didn't look too much like Ronaldo at all, and was generally mocked.

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Whilst the bust itself is famous Ronaldo's initial reaction is less well known but it's equally as priceless, as he goes from laughing to clearly not impressed.

Never forget.

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Statue, Andres Iniesta, Spain

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.