Iniesta wins UEFA’s award for best player

August 31st, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, Aug 31 (IANS) Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has been voted as UEFA’s best player, beating teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder, who inspired Spain to retain their crown at Euro 2012, won the vote Thursday by 53 sports journalists representing each of UEFA’s member nations, reports Xinhua.

Iniesta landed 19 votes to shock favourite Messi, who picked up 17 along with Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Without my teammates at the Spanish national team and Barcelona I wouldn’t have won this individual trophy,” he said.

“I feel very privileged to be part of this generation of Spanish footballers,” he said.

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