Andres Iniesta is a Spanish soccer star, captain of FC Barcelona and player on the national team. A different Andres Iniesta is a regular guy from Madrid, and owner of the @ainiesta Instagram account. Or at least, he was.
Following the story on Medium, it seems that Instagram has restored the account to its rightful owner, and the soccer player is now using @andresiniesta8 (and already up to 5.4 million followers, for that matter). Brands taking over accounts that are being squatted on is commonplace, but a unilateral takeover of a completely legitimate account — and in such a seemingly shady way — is a dirty move.
Of course, this is only one side of the story — we’ve reached out to Instagram for their version.