MADRID, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Spain and Barcelona midfielder
Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory
over the Netherlands in July's World Cup final, is to become a
father for the first time.
"Hi everyone, my future fatherhood has just been reported,"
Iniesta, 26, wrote on his website after
local media said he and his partner Anna had taken advantage of
a post-World Cup break to conceive the child.
"I just wanted to confirm the news and tell you that's it's
a time filled with happiness for all of us," he added.
However, he said he was unhappy with the "very ugly" way the
pregnancy had been made public.
"It's a very personal issue and the methods that were used
to get the news disappoint me a great deal," he added, without
"I hope that you all understand that my partner and I don't
want to publicly discuss this issue, which is so marvellous for
An unusually large number of babies born in Barcelona this
year became known as "the Iniesta generation" as they arrived
nine months after he scored a dramatic goal at Chelsea that took
Barca through to the 2009 Champions League final.
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