Andres Iniesta has come top of a semi-important list.
IFFHS, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, have just released their top 15 playmakers of 2012 list, and Barcelona maestro Iniesta has topped the billing ahead of the the other greats of world football.
Iniesta, who came third in the rankings at the 2012 Ballon d’Or, won the prize (which has been around since 2006), collecting more votes from a group elite and specialised media experts from around the world.
The IFFHS gave the following introduction of their list:
Three players from FC Barcelona again take the first three places in this world vote. All three are no taller than 1.70 metres and have been at “Barça” since the ages of 11 to 13 years. »Xavi« (born 25.1.1980), who was The World‘s best Playmaker four times in succession between 2008 and 2011, came second in 2012. His team-mate Andrés Iniesta, who was in the “Top 3” in the two previous years, was voted The World‘s best Playmaker 2012. The 28-year-old Spaniard gave some impressive performances in the jersey of the national team and of “Barça” in 2012.
The Argentinian Lionel Messi, who is able to do it all in the attacking game, came third and is in the “Top 3” for the 5th time since 2007. The 33-year-old playmaker of the “Squadra Azzurra” and of “Juve” Andrea Pirlo drived out the German Mesut Özil from 4th place (2011). So the players of Real was fifth as 2010.
Other classic playmakers such as David Silva, Steven Gerrard, Wesley Sneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger were often not able to play in 2012 through injuries. Consequently, some of these players were not taken into consideration in the voting. Five other players feature in this annual world ranking for the first time, among them the African Yaya Touré from the Ivory Coast.