Barcelona and Spain midfield maestro Andres Iniesta says the FIFA Ballon d’Or is not an obsession for him but that he is rather obsessed about being surrounded by great players and competitions.
Iniesta has garnered critical acclaim for his performances in Spain’s opening two wins at Euro 2016, but he was not named in UEFA’s Team of the Week for the first matchday, while there have been calls for the midfielder to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or next year.
“I’m grateful [for all the praise], but I know that every situation has a moment. We enjoy what we’re experiencing, but we still have a match of the group stage left and then the knockout stages.
“[The Ballon d’Or] isn’t a thorn for me, nor do I think it’s unfair. Both Leo and Cristiano are deserving of the award.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but being surrounded by great players and competing is good enough. We carry inside this [successful] period of Spanish football, and it’s priceless. The strength of a person stems from being well-surrounded by your peers. Here it’s easy.
“I’m not thinking [about my absence from UEFA’s Team of the Week]. I don’t give it importance. I’m grateful for the love and respect of the fans, but I know that I experience this daily.
“The most important thing is companionship, and what makes me happiest is the collective game.” Iniesta told Cuatro.