On Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta's birthday, we take a look at some interesting facts about and recognitions won by the midfielder.
Andres Iniesta. Pic/ AFP
>> He is the captain for Spanish football club FC Barcelona.
>> He is a versatile player usually playing as left midfielder or central midfielder.
>> He made his first team debut for Barcelona at age 18.
>> He was part of the Barcelona team that won a historic 6 trophies in 2009 - La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
>> He has so far played a total of 591 matches for Barcelona, the third highest for the club.
>> He scored the only goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands to help Spain lift their first ever FIFA WC title.
>> He has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012 as well as the Best Player of the Champions League 2011–12.
>> He also won the award for La Liga Spanish Player of the Year in 2009.
>> In 2014, he won the Golden Foot award becoming the 12th player in history to do so.
>> Iniesta is married to Anna Ortiz and the couple have a daughter Valeria.
>> Due to his great versatility, he has nicknames such as El Ilusionista (The Illusionist), El Cerebro (The Brain)