70% of football fans would prefer to have Andres Iniesta over Xavi

  • Will Day

In the eyes of 70% of GiveMeSport fans, Andres Iniesta is a better midfielder then Xavi, who ended the vote with a sorry 30%. 

Two of the greatest midfielders football has ever seen were put head-to-head in a poll voted for by GiveMeSport fans and Iniesta won the vote by a landslide. 

Both players starred in key roles during the 2010 World Cup, leading Spain to their first ever World Cup. 

Teaming up for both club and country, the pair were seen as the backbone of the team. 

Both playing in the Spanish first division (La Liga), the two starred for Barcelona and are seen as one of the best midfield duos ever. 

The overall winner of the poll Iniesta played a crucial role in the heart of Barcelona’s midfield for 16 years, racking up 442 appearances and popping up with 35 goals. 

Iniesta was first spotted by Barcelona at the age of 12, while playing for Albacete Balompie in a junior seven-a-side tournament in Albacete. 

He attracted the attention of scouts from clubs around Spain, however, his parents knew Barcelona’s youth team coach Enrique Orizaola and he persuaded them to consider sending Iniesta to the Barcelona youth academy. 

What a decision that turned out to be as Iniesta captained his side for three seasons before handing over the armband to a certain Lionel Messi. 


Iniesta has been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI nine times and was chosen in the UEFA Team of the Year on six occasions. He was named in the All-time UEFA Euro XI and he won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in 2012. 

He was named the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker in 2012 and 2013. Iniesta was runner-up to teammate Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or and finished third place in 2012. 

Xavi, who ended the vote with 30%, also had a dazzling career for club and country. 

Partnering up with Iniesta in midfield, Xavi had 17 long years at Barcelona with 505 appearances and 58 goals in that time. 


Xavi appeared 63 more times for Barcelona than Iniesta, however, was at Barca for a season more. 

Xavi was awarded the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker award four times: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. He was included in the UEFA Team of the Year five times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), and was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI on six occasions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Xavi was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2012. 

Xavi joined the Barcelona youth academy at age 11 and was brought up through the ranks until he was one of the best midfielders the game has ever seen, similar to what happened with Iniesta.

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