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Football | Spain

Andres Iniesta © Action Images

Not prizes that motivate Iniesta



Barcelona midfield star Andres Iniesta said in an interview published on Sunday he was not motivated by prizes even as he duels with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the accolade of world's best player.

"There is no need for prizes when it comes to knowing if you are doing well or badly - I don't have any need to be singled out with a prize," Iniesta told El Pais newspaper.

Iniesta has already lost out to Messi once - the Spaniard scored the winner in the 2010 World Cup final but even that could not lift him above his Argentine superstar clubmate to land the individual accolade.

Not that he minded at all.

"I knew I had a chance as I was named in the final three alongside Messi and (fellow Barcelona colleague) Xavi. But in the end it was Leo and above all Barcelona who won."

Iniesta, elected best player at Euro 2012, which Spain also won, hinted he is not entirely happy with his recent move out to a wider and more offensive than usual role under new Barca coach Tito Vilanova.

"It's not that I don't like to play further forward - but I prefer to be in the middle of the park. My conception of the game is very participatory, the combinations which are above happening in the middle. When I play further forward I have a tougher job orchestrating things from the engine room.

"I have never lost my child's view of the game - I hope I have retained deep down a little of the child I once was. At the end of the day my conception of the game is very playful and natural - that harks back to when I was playing in the playground of my school at Fuentealbilla," he reflected.

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