Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has given £200,000 to save Albacete, his boyhood club, from imminent relegation.

The club were his previous team and currently play in the Segunda Division B. However, the club owed money to players for unpaid wages, and if the money was not paid Albacete would have been relegated.

Iniesta is a shareholder of the club and it is not the first time he has put money into the club. In 2011, the World Cup winner gave nearly £400,000 to Albacete.

Something similar happened last year when Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and Swansea player Michu attempted to raise nearly £2m for their former club, Real Oviedo, who were struggling in the fourth division. 

A main factor for the money-troubled sides lower down the ladder of the league is the current economic climate that these clubs have to deal with.

Many more clubs are struggling and these type of gestures by these players show the class that they have - and also that the club they love is still in their hearts.


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