French football magazine France Football have now taken time to apology to Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta for not awarding him the coveted Ballon d’Or.
The magazine has started to hand out the Ballon d’Or award to the best player in the world in 1956, as the first player to win it was former Blackpool midfielder Stanley Matthews.
Iniesta is believed to be in his last season at the Camp Nou as it was recently reported that the Spaniard could move to the Chinese Super League this summer.
The Spain international won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and in 2012 he won again the European Cup with Spain national team.
However, the award has gone to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during Iniesta’s glory moments.
En la semana en la que Andrés Iniesta confirmaría su marcha del FC Barcelona, France Football se ha disculpado con él por no haberle entregado algún Balón de Oro. El redactor jefe de la publicación, Pascal Ferré, hizo un editorial en el que sostiene que la ausencia de Don Andrés, entre la lista de ganadores del Balón de Oro, resulta dolorosa. Pero, bueno, con o sin premios individuales, Andrés se ha ganado algo aún más importante: el respeto y admiración de todo el mundo. Una verdadera leyenda del fútbol. #Iniesta #FCBarcelona #España #FranceFootball #BalónDeOro #SomosInvictos
When you try to look back, the Spaniard lost out to Messi – the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – In 2010 and 2012.
Therefore, the magazine editor Pascal Ferre has opened up on an error made by the magazine for never having awarded Iniesta the Ballon d’Or.
In a piece titled “Perdon, Andres”, Ferre wrote: “He is the best game facilitator of all time.”
“Most of his contemporaries complicate their lives, but he has had fun for about fifteen years, simplifying everything, without any conceited bad thoughts, just to make the game live.”
“Iniesta’s talent is to invent for others. Without him, Messi would have gotten tired much faster at Barca.”
“His altruism has surely deprived him of even greater recognition.”
“Among the great absences in the Golden Ball prize list, his is painful.”
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old managed to win 8 La Liga titles, 5 Champions Leagues, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup as Barcelona player.
Iniesta has been in Barcelona’s senior team since 2002 scoring 57 goals in 669 appearances in all competitions.