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Iniesta wins UEFA best player award

Created on 31 Aug., 2012 5:28 AM GMT

Iniesta beat Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for the honour.

The 28-year-old shone as Barcelona endured a frustrating campaign throughout, seeing their La Liga title disappear to arch-rivals Real Madrid and crashing out of the Champions League semi-final.

However, he was able to star as his country retained their European Championship crown in Ukraine and Poland in June and July, and was subsequently named the best player at the tournament.

And he has now scooped another award, pipping the Argentine and Portuguese forwards, despite their respective 73- and 60-goal campaigns.

"Without my team-mates at the Spanish national team and Barcelona I wouldn't have won this individual trophy," he said.

His captain at club level, Carles Puyol, was quick to congratulate Iniesta on his official Twitter page.

"Congratulations, Andres!! You deserve this," he wrote.

Iniesta received 19 votes from the panel, while Messi and Ronaldo were both given the nod by 17 voters.

In last year's edition of the award, Messi was named as the best player in Europe, with fellow Barcelona star Xavi and Ronaldo finishing in second and third place respectively.

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