Andres Iniesta criticized after posting blackface picture online

    Iniesta played 674 matches for Barcelona.

    (CNN)Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been criticized on social media after tweeting a picture of himself posing with two people in blackface.

    The World Cup winner was not in blackface but sitting at the front of a group of 10 people taking part in the Three Kings Day celebration in Spain, also known as Epiphany.
    An important Christian festive tradition in Spain, Three Kings Day commemorates the visit of the wise men Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, representing Europe, Arabia and Africa respectively, to the newborn baby Jesus.
      Parades are held in cities and villages across the country and the role of Balthazar is often played by a white man in blackface.
      The 34-year-old -- who has 23.8 million followers -- posted the picture on January 6 accompanied with emoticons of three crowns and three stars.
      While the post received over 23,000 likes and nearly 3,000 retweets, many were critical of the picture.
      English DJ Nick Bright tweeted: "I cannot believe in 2019 famous people are still doing or are around people doing "blackface" and tweeting it, where are your friends Iniesta?! Didn't anyone say "Andres, I don't think this is the one bro.""