4. Andres Iniesta
The ethereal midfielder was outstanding for Barcelona and Spain last season, maintaining an astonishingly high level of performance throughout the season despite playing in over 50 games for his club and country. His balance, control and agility are a joy to behold, and often provide moments of penetration in close games that few other players in the world could match. Andres Iniesta chipped in with eight goals for Barcelona in all competitions before taking Spain's Euro 2012 campaign by the scruff of the neck and inspiring them through the group and knockout stages to the final where they cruised past Italy 4-0. The 28-year-old was deservedly named Player of the Tournament at the tournament after being man of the match in three of Spain's six games during the competition, including their fine win over Italy in the final.
Editor's view - "As usual, the diminutive star showed his best form when it mattered most. He was brilliant for Spain during the Euros and for me, his injury problems really had a massive impact on Barcelona not retaining their Liga title." - Miguel Churruca - Deputy editor of Goal.com Spain