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Goal.com gives you 10 interesting facts about the Barcelona and La Roja playmaker.

The Barcelona midfielder had an injury plagued season with the Catalan giants but returned stronger for the Spanish side. Goal.com looks at 10 interesting facts about this 28 year old MVP of the Euro 2012.

"Early life"

Iniesta hails from a small village named Fuentialbella in the province of Albacete, Castile- La Mancha.



"An early bird"

Iniesta started playing football at a very young age of 12 for Albacete Balompié in a seven-a-side tournament. He attracted the attention of scouts back then.

"Family support"

Iniesta has had the backing of his family throughout his career. His parents knew the FC Barcelona youth team coach, Enrique Orizaola, who persuaded them to consider sending their son to be a part of the Catalan giants' academy.



"Leaving home"

Iniesta cried a lot when he left home to join La Masia. It is said that the youngster would find it tough living away from his parents.



"An instant international impact"

Iniesta left an instant impression on the international team as he won the Under-16 European Championships with Spain in the year 2001.

"Iniesta compared a confectioner?!"

Frank Rijkaard, the former Barcelona coach, described Iniesta's passing ability as "like watching somebody hand out sweets."

"An uncomparable relationship"

Xavi and Iniesta share an unbelievable relationship on and off the field for both, Barcelona and Spain. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a former Barcelona team-mate, said: "They have a special relationship, they always have, they just seem to know where the other one is."



"On the FIFA 10 cover"

Iniesta was the poster boy for some of the editions of the FIFA 10 franchise.





"A father"

Iniesta has a daughter named Valeria. She was born on 3rd April, 2011.

"In the history books already"

Andres Iniesta has already made his name in the history books as he was a part of the first team to win back to back European Championships, either side of the World Cup.

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