Andres Iniesta‘s tribute to the late Dani Jarque is a touching, heartfelt gesture. After scoring the World Cup final’s only goal, Iniesta took off the Spanish team jersey, revealing an undershirt inscribed with the words “Dani Jarque: siempre con nosotros” – Dani Jarque: always with us.

In various sporting events, such actions are common. I recall the Ateneo Blue Eagles taping names of injured teammates to their shirts. The 2005-2006 Ateneo Men’s track team, albeit at a lesser stage, did something similar when then team captain Rob Sargan was sidelined by a freak pole vaulting injury 2 weeks before the UAAP.

Being embroiled in competitive sports for the better part of the last decade, I can say that the fires of athletic struggle and triumph forge the strongest of bonds. My closest friends include my track teammates. Unless one is endowed with prodigious talent, one goes through a spate of valleys and troughs to reach that elusive summit. Men, as social beings, tread this arduous path with fellow men dedicated to the same cause – his teammates.

Iniesta’s post-goal celebration is the ultimate expression of the friendship borne out of the field of competition. Amidst the sheer euphoria of triumph at the world’s biggest stage, Iniesta magnanimously chose to pay tribute to a fallen teammate.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he to-day that sheds his blood with me,  shall be my brother.” – Shakespeare’s Henry V

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