I see a lot of blogs and stories on the internet, and in real life hear lots of people saying Andres Iniesta is overrated.
In this article I am going to share my feelings and include the opinions of other professional players on the Spanish maestro.
So, is Andres Iniesta overrated? The simple answer: no, not at all.
My personal opinion on Andres Iniesta is that he's the best attacking-midfielder in the world, and one of the best ever. The 29-year-old is a wonderful technician and one of the finest passers the game has ever seen.
Iniesta also has an admirable willingness to work for his team and will defend whenever Barcelona or Spain do not have possession. His dribbling, vision and poise all catch the eye while his versatility also marks him out as the complete midfielder.
Alongside his Barcelona and Spain teammate, Iniesta and Xavi are the two best passers of the ball in the world, with that killer vision which allows them to consistently play their teammates through on goal.
I Personally believe without Iniesta, Barcelona wouldn't have achieved all their recent success domestically and in the Champions League. I also believe Spain may have not enjoyed their success without him and the likes of Germany or Italy would now be classed as the best footballing nation in the world.
The 29-year-old has made 87 appearances for Spain, and possibly the most memorable moment of his already brilliant career came in his international strip, when he scored a late winner in the final of the 2010 World Cup against Holland.
The midfield maestro managed seven goals and twenty-two assists last season for both club and country last season, which is astonishing when you recognise most of his teammates are considered the best play-makers in the world.
He achieved a 90.5% pass completion last season, which is absolutely phenomenal when it is considered that the majority of his passes are extremely optimistic and are usually passes a lot of midfielders would not even attempt.
Now you know how I feel about the Spaniard, here is what his international teammates had to say on the night of the 2012 Ballon d'Or which Lionel Messi ended up winning.
David Silva (Manchester City)
"The press often ask me about whether Messi or Ronaldo is the best, but for me something is very clear: Andres Iniesta is the number one. He is able to do even more difficult things on the pitch. He is magic with the ball and so influential."
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
"When he has the ball, it's like everything else stops – like the camera is going in slow motion. I've been playing with him since we were 15, and I have never, ever seen him play badly."
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
“He is the enlightened one, [someone] touched by a magic wand. He commands so much respect on the pitch. As a football lover, I am proud to have played with him. He makes the difference and does things that no one else can do."
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