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Andres Iniesta: The world's third best player

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When it comes to talking about the best players in the world at the moment, usually only two names come up: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now, don't get me wrong, these players deserve every credit they get for what they do on a football pitch. They are without doubt the best players in the world at the moment, but a name who deserves to be mentioned alongside these two is Messi's Barcelona team-mate, Andres Iniesta.

The 29-year-old midfielder has been key to the success of Barcelona and Spain in the last ten years and his dribbling and passing skills are quite amazing.

His link-up play with fellow Spaniard and Barcelona star Xavi is beautiful to watch and a variety of Messi's goals are created from these two playmakers.

He is at the heart of Barca and Spain's passing game and has consistently performed at every tournament he has competed in since making his Barcelona debut in the Champions League in 2002.

Iniesta was named in the European Championship Team of the Year in both 2008 and 2012. In 2009 he was crowned La Liga Spanish Player of the Year.

He was in the midfield of the UEFA Team of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Iniesta was also crowned La Liga's best attacking midfielder 2009, 2011 and 2012.

He has also done well in the FIFA Ballon d'or, finishing second, fourth and third in the past three years. His most present award is the silver ball at the Confederations Cup a couple of months ago.

As you can see, he performs at the highest level at every tournament, something even Messi and Ronaldo are guilty of failing to achieve.

Iniesta has won tons of titles in his sensational career which include six La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, five Spanish Cups, two Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

His biggest titles are two Champions League titles with Barcelona and two European Championships with Spain, but arguably the biggest moment in his decorated career is scoring the winner in the World Cup final to win Spain the title for the first time in their history - and give Iniesta the greatest achievement a football player could earn.

He has the talent to beat three or four players with the dribble and even has an eye for goal - his World Cup final goal obviously the biggest.

Gareth Bale, Robin van Persie and Franck Ribery are usually the names who are mentioned as the third best in the world, but Spain tactician definitely deserves that title.

His wonderful career is quite extraordinary and he has still got years left in him to take the number one spot.

 

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