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Global profile of Barcelona star Iniesta continues to rise

Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta could see 2010 as the year that launched him into international stardom.

Where once multi-nationals would baulk at discussing endorsement deals with the midfielder, Iniesta will end the year crowned the most popular Spanish athlete - ahead of even the likes of Fernando Alonso (F1) and Rafael Nadal (tennis).

Nike now have the World Cup winner as their major face - while FIFA 2011 chose to put Iniesta on their cover.

A survey by Vipnet360 showed that Iniesta is now the most popular Spanish athlete on the internet, where he has become a phenomenon on Facebook and Twitter.

For 2011, a film is also being discussed for Iniesta, who now has close ties with Hollywood movie moguls.

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