September 20, 2010 / 8:15 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Spain World Cup hero Iniesta to become a father

* Iniesta and partner conceive their first child

* Player says unhappy with way news was broken (recasts with Iniesta confirmation)

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 elaborating.

“I hope that you all understand that my partner and I don’t want to publicly discuss this issue, which is so marvellous for us.”

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.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ed Osmond; To query or comment on this story email

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