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Vicente del Bosque backs Andres Iniesta for Ballon d’Or

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque feels it will be an injustice if midfielder Andres Iniesta ends his career without ever winning the Fifa Ballon d’Or.
The 32-year-old Barcelona star lifted his 28th trophy with the Catalan club in their 2-0 Copa del Rey Final win over Sevilla on Sunday, adding to his decorated CV which includes two continental championships and a World Cup winners medal with his national team.

Spain will be eying a third consecutive European Championship in France next month, and will no doubt be relying on their midfield maestro to pull the strings in the middle of the park.

And the Spanish national team coach feels the talented star is more than deserving of the World’s Best Player accolade, having come closest with a runners-up position to Barca teammate Lionel Messi in 2010.

"It would be an injustice if Iniesta finishes his career without the Ballon d'Or among his enormous achievements," Del Bosque told El Partido de las 12 via network COPE.

"But I guess it is hard when you are coming up against two extraordinary players like Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo."

Iniesta was named man-of-the-match as the Blaugrana defended their Spanish Cup crown over the weekend, with Del Bosque well-pleased with the midfielder’s form.

"We're very glad to see Iniesta in such a good moment, like we saw in the final,” he said.

"Even with 10 men he took command and he gives you that security with the ball, and he absorbs much of the problems that Barca had."

Spain will begin their Euro 2016 preparations with a friendly against Bosnia on Sunday.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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