Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has paid tribute in the sports betting news to his teammates after finishing third in the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or as well as congratulating the winner, Lionel Messi, and revealing that he expects him to win the award again in the future.
“I dedicate it to Barca [and] the work we do,” said 28-year old Iniesta, after receiving 10.9% of the Ballon d’Or votes to come in third place behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Iniesta, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 12, had already been named as the best player in Europe for last season , despite Barcelona’s Champions League defeat to Chelsea but he was not surprised to see Messi pick up the award and he was quick to congratulate the Argentinian. “I congratulate Leo again for his fourth golden boot, which makes it unique. It is not a matter of giving it to others, it is a matter of recognising the best there is – that is what happened,” Iniesta said. “If he continues then Leo will get a fifth [Ballon d’Or],” he added.
In addition to the recognition he received for his Champions League performances, Iniesta also broke the record for the longest run of unbeaten La Liga appearances back in March when he was undefeated in his 51st straight league match. Iniesta was also a key member of the Spanish national team who triumphed in the European Championships in 2012 and his success at both club and international level has left him hungry for more silverware. “In this game you have to enjoy your time playing at the top. And hopefully, I can do that for a long time and win more trophies” he said.
Barcelona look set for another successful season on the domestic front, with the Spanish side dominant in the bet365 football betting odds, and will be hopeful of being crowned Champions of Europe once again. A successful season for Barcelona will rely heavily on contributions from the likes of Messi and Iniesta and if they can deliver then they will certainly be challenging for the Ballon d’Or again in 2013.