Goal.com World Player of the Week #60: Andres Iniesta
Castrol Ranking: 113
Achievement: World Cup-winning goal and performance
Andres Iniesta started the World Cup as a shadow of his usual effervescent self. Injuries had hampered his preparations for the South Africa tournament and he, along with his Spain team-mates, laboured early on.
However, the Barcelona playmaker came into his own once he got minutes under his belt and began to influence and dictate the play in his own inimitable manner.
His mazy dribbling, accurate passing and subtle presence in the final third helped propel la Furia Roja towards the World Cup final, where they tangled with The Netherlands. Iniesta was man of the match at Soccer City and was at the heart of Vicente Del Bosque's crucial attacking play.
It was his solitary goal, deep into extra-time, that permitted the Iberians to lay their hands on the trophy for the very first time.
He won it all at club level; he's now won it all with Spain too.
Congratulations to Don Andres, Goal.com's 60th World Player of the Week!
Diego Forlan - Uruguay
Earned the Golden Ball to go alongside his share of the Golden Boot.
Iker Casillas - Spain
The World Cup-winning captain kept two vital clean sheets and pulled out some remarkable stops.
Wesley Sneijder - The Netherlands
The Inter man was the difference in the semi-final and looked to have the weaponary to disturb the Spaniards on Sunday. Alas it was not to be. A fine tournament nonetheless.
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