Andres Iniesta has revealed that he went through ‘a small depression’ before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The Barcelona midfielder scored the winning goal in the final as Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg.
But the Blaugrana man has admitted that the goal lifted him from a personal nadir.
“I had a bit of depression, but everyone goes through this kind of thing at least once in their life, don't they?” he told So Foot Magazine.
“I had various personal problems that were accumulating. I also had physical problems. I felt fragile.”
Iniesta then commented on the strike that won La Roja their first world title.
“Before hitting it I had to wait for it to come down a little. If I hadn't have waited, I wouldn't have scored. I let gravity do its work and scored.
“That was Newton! I’ve watched it over many, many times. It feels like all the positive words in the dictionary put together" when doing so.
The Camp Nou hero concluded by revealing who is footballing idol was growing up.
“When I was young, I used to follow Zidane because he was great to watch.
“But my absolute idol was Laudrup. When you watch him play football, you don't lose time. I didn't care if there were goals or not, watching him was just as spectacular.”