Iniesta IN, Cristiano Ronaldo OUT: It's about football, NOT popularity contests >> Read My Mind


Andres Iniesta: 'The three that are nominated for the Ballon d'or are the best three players of 2011, but I have two colleagues (Xavi and Messi) and I will be happy if the winner is one of them'

Andres Iniesta: 'The three that are nominated for the Ballon d'or are the best three players of 2011, but I have two colleagues (Xavi and Messi) and I will be happy if the winner is one of them'

Andres Iniesta: '2012 will be an exciting year. Spain have a big challenge at Euro 2012, and Barcelona have a season that will also be exciting'

Andres Iniesta: 'It would have been nice for my home-club to visit Camp Nou this season. I've never hidden my love for Albacete, the city and its people. The Copa del Rey clash they now have with Atletico Madrid is very important and exciting, but their Segunda Division B league is important above all else this season'

Andres Iniesta: 'I'm fine. I'm trying to enjoy the holidays with the family, turning off a bit. I am also thinking a bit about my leg, although it is not important and I hope to be fit again very soon'

- At 27 years old, Don Andres is at the peak of his career. Having known him since he was 12 years old, I have to say I couldn't be prouder of what he has achieved so far: TWENTY titles, including 3 Champions Leagues, 5 La Ligas and the one and only Spanish World Cup, scoring the winning goal in overtime. GENIUS!!!

A fit Iniesta means success. Two seasons ago, Barça were knocked out by Inter in the Champions League semis because of his absence: Nobody was able to break the Italian defense. If Xavi is Barcelona's commander and Messi is our deadly weapon, Iniesta is the genie who can open all doors.

As for the Ballon d'Or, I feel it is ridiculous that Cristina Ronalda is ahead of Don Andres, considering how important Iniesta has been in Barça's incredible year (Liga, Champions and Club World Cup winners!) What has Ronalda achieved? He has 23,000 goals against Rayo Vallecano and Ponferradina. WHO CARES?!??!

FIFA: THE BALLON D'OR IS A BEST PLAYER AWARD, NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST!!!!