Fifa Ballon d'Or: Andres Iniesta and the best players never to win the award

Barcelona and Spain midfielder was overlooked yet again this week

Simon Rice
Wednesday 09 January 2013 14:42
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Many, including this year's recipient, have argued that Andres Iniesta should have won the Fifa Ballon d'Or that was awarded earlier this week.

The Barcelona midfielder was the driving force behind his country's Euro 2012 success, just as he was when Spain won the tournament in 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. The 28-year-old was also instrumental in his club's midfield as the Catalans continued to entertain like no other side.

Having been overlooked for Lionel Messi, who won the prize for the fourth year in a row, perhaps Iniesta's best chance of winning the award has gone.

Should Iniesta fail to be recognised as the world's greatest player at some stage in his career a shocking omission will surely have been created when the record books are looked back on in future years. But which other greats missed out on the award...

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