Japanese club plans crowdfunded Iniesta statue
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Former Barcelona maestro Iniesta joined Kobe in 2018 in a deal worth a reported $30 million a year, and signed a two-year contract extension last spring.
The club is owned by tech billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, one of Japan's richest men.
Now Kobe are looking to raise 15 million yen ($130,000) to pay tribute to the 37-year-old midfielder with a statue outside their stadium.
Iniesta has enjoyed huge popularity in Japan, with analysts estimating he has generated more than $100 million in ticket sales and revenue.
He has appeared in TV commercials for Japanese sake and mobile phone services.
But he has yet to win the J-League since moving to Japan, with last season's third-place finish his highest so far.