Former Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta is currently plying his trade in the Japanese football league with Vissel Kobe FC. The world cup winner is one of the most popular names in football and the Japanese tourist organization has signed him up to promote the country’s attractions in a series of videos that officials hoped would bring more European visitors to the Asian nation. Also Read - ISL 2020-21 Match Report: Hyderabad FC Play Goalless Draw With Bengaluru FC
Iniesta solidified himself as a hero at the Catalan club after a 16-year stint in the first team until he transferred to Vissel Kobe in the summer, featured in a series of videos that offered viewers a chance to see “Japan through Iniesta’s eyes,” reports Efe news. Also Read - ISL 2020 Match Report: NorthEast United Hold Kerala Blasters to 2-2 Draw After Late Strike From Idrissa Sylla
In the campaign, the 34-year-old explores some of the gastronomy and cultural offerings not only of his new hometown Kobe but also Nara. Also Read - 'Childhood Hero' Diego Maradona Inspired me to Take up Football: Bhaichung Bhutia
His new side job was published just four days after the soccer player met Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, with whom he expressed his desire to learn more about the country and its geography.
The tourism campaign was launched alongside a raffle in which participants can win prizes ranging from hats, signed Barcelona soccer balls, to return trips to Japan.
The tourism portal is a collaboration between JNTO and a travel company belonging to electronics giant Rakuten, which also owns Vissel and currently sponsors Barcelona.