Andres Iniesta has been heavily criticized for a photo he posted online with individuals in blackface.
Iniesta, 34, took part in the Epiphany celebrations, part of Spain’s Three Kings Day, and two of the men shown in the photo have been painted black.
Balthazar, one of the kings who visits Jesus, is usually played by a white man in blackface in Spain. Three Kings Day (January 6) is a very important Christian holiday in Spain, as the visit to baby Jesus of magi Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar is celebrated.
Iniesta has left the photo up on his social media account and has not responded to being heavily criticized.
The current Vissel Kobe midfielder, who joined the Japanese side from Barcelona earlier this year, is the most decorated Spanish player in history with 33 trophies won with Barca and the Spanish national team.
Below is the photo at the center of the uproar.