Controversial AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng has slammed the decision to give UEFA’s award for the best player in Europe to Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta.
The Barcelona midfielder won the award on Thursday beating team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Iniesta, 28, who inspired Spain to retain their crown at Euro 2012, won the vote by 53 sports journalists representing each of UEFA’s member nations.
But the ex-Ghana international Boateng, who notoriously quit the Black Stars last year, says the award should have gone to Real Madrid star Ronaldo.
“Unbelievable! I am sorry but for me RONALDO was the best player in Europe,” Boateng, the flamboyant AC Milan midfielder wrote.
The midfielder landed 19 votes to shock Messi, who had been the favourite for the prize.
Iniesta, 28, received 19 votes, with Ronaldo and Messi — the winner of last year’s inaugural prize — each receiving 17.
It is his second major individual honour of the summer, after he was named Player of the Tournament for his role in Spain’s triumph at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
An artful attacking midfielder, Iniesta has won every major honour in the game with Barcelona and Spain over the last four years and notably scored the extra-time winner against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.
Despite his success at Euro 2012, Iniesta saw Barcelona miss out to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in last season’s La Liga title race, while the Blaugrana also fell to eventual champions Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
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