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Andreas Iniesta: puppetmaster or puppet?

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta contro

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta controls the ball during the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match Portugal vs Spain on June 27, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Spain won 4-2. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/GettyImages)

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Sometimes Andreas Iniesta makes it appear as though he is the puppetmaster controlling the field. What this post presupposes is what if someone were controlling him.

Enter Nike.

In an ad for the new CTR360 Maestri III cleat, the Spanish and Barcelona superstar dances around defenders while being controlled from above. The kicker? Well, you’ll just have to wait until the end.

We agree with our friends at Kicking + Screening that we’re not sold on the whole “Iniesta as puppet” meme thing (as if anyone else could have his vision), but it’s a cool ad and it’s early in the morning so enjoy. Philosophical moralizing to come once the coffee kicks in.