Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iniesta named World's Best Playmaker in 2012 ahead of FIFA world best player Lionel Messi.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS)names Andrés Iniesta the 2012 World's Best Playmaker ahead of Xavi and Messi
Barcelona star Lionel Messi who won the award last year was ranked world's third best playmaker in 2012 behind Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, Xavi won the award successively from 2008 through 2011.
Three players from FC Barcelona again claimed the first three places in this year’s award, since the inception of the World’s best playmaker award in 2006; the award has gone to FC Barcelona players five out of seven times.

Election of the World Best Playmaker is done by selected editorial staff and experts from the entire football continent. This year's  "Top 15" is composed of 11 Europeans, three South Americans and an African, Manchester City star Yaya Touré is the only African on the list.

Despite Messi’s record-breaking year in which he scored 91 times beating Gerd Muller's long-standing haul of most goals in a calendar year which eventually earned him a 4th FIFA Ballon d'Or award ahead of Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Argentine finished at third place in the voting with 48 points. The award is another acknowledgement for Iniesta as the 28-year-old Spaniard gave some impressive performances both for his national team and of "Barça" in 2012
2012 Top "15" by IFFHS
1.  Andrés  Iniesta (Barcelona FC), 146 points
2.- Xavier Hernández  (Barcelona FC), 128
3.- Messi (Barcelona FC), 98
4.- Andrea Pirlo (Juventus FC), 87
5.- Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), 43
6.- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), 34
7.- Neymar (Santos FC ), 9
8.- Neymar Silva (Manchester City FC), 9
9.- Yaya Touré (Manchester City FC), 9
10.- Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), 8
11.-Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain FC) 7
12. - Xabier Alonso Olano(Real Madrid FC)5
13.-Frank Lampard(Chelsea FC)5
14.-Juan José Mata(Chelsea FC)5
15.- Radamel Falcao (Atlético)5