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Iniesta claims Best Player in Europe award

ESPN staff
August 30, 2012
Andres Iniesta excelled for club and country © Getty Images

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has won UEFA's award for the best player in Europe, beating team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Iniesta, 28, who inspired Spain to retain their crown at Euro 2012, won the vote by 53 sports journalists representing each of UEFA's member nations.

The midfielder landed 19 votes to shock Messi, who had been the favourite for the prize.

UEFA created the honour after France Football magazine combined its traditional European award with FIFA's world player prize.

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