Andrés Iniesta wins 2011-12 Best Player in Europe award

Andrés Iniesta claims Uefa Best Player in Europe Award, beating off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta in Monaco
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Andrés Iniesta helped Spain to glory at Euro 2012 Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Andrés Iniesta has been crowned European player of the year following a sparkling campaign for both Barcelona and Spain.

The Spanish midfielder, who was named player of the tournament at this summer’s European championship as La Roja lifted the trophy in Poland and Ukraine, beat off stiff competition from 2011 winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Iniesta won with 19 votes, two ahead of Messi and Ronaldo, who were joint-second on 17.

Iniesta, 28, scored eight goals in 47 appearances for Barcelona last season as the Catalan club finished as runners-up to Real Madrid in the race for the Spanish league title.

The award, which was introduced in 2011, was created in partnership with European Sports Media and is an initiative of Uefa president Michel Platini.

The prize is voted for by a 53-man panel of journalists, one from each European football association. The winner was decided by a live vote at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, as the journalists selected one of the three short-listed nominees.

Messi won the inaugural 2011 crown, claiming 39 votes – 28 more than his Barcelona team-mate Xavi. Ronaldo was third with three votes.

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