Andre Iniesta has claimed the 2014 Golden Foot award for his contribution to football as well as his personality.
Having collected his imprint at a gala in Monaco on Monday evening, Iniesta, 30, becomes the first Barcelona and Spanish player to claim the prize given to active players of at least age 28 once.
The midfielder beat the likes of German World Cup-winner Manuel Neuer, reigning FIFA World Player Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Wayne Rooney, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Silva, Yaya Toure, Thierry Henry and Brazilian Marta Vieira da Silva to the once in a lifetime recognition.
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Nominees for the Golden Foot are selected by a panel of international journalists and an open online poll is determines the winner.
Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ryan Giggs are winners in the past three years.