Iniesta is the best player in Europe

Andres Iniesta has been named the UEFA's Best Player in Europe

Andres Iniesta won UEFA's Best Player in Europe Award 30 August 2012. Picture: AFP

MONACO - Andres Iniesta of Barcelona beat off a strong challenge from club mate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid to be named on Thursday as UEFA's Best Player in Europe last season.

Iniesta, 28, won the live poll, conducted by journalists from each of UEFA's 53 member countries during the Champions League draw ceremony, to take the award that Messi won in its inaugural season last year.

The midfielder was also named as the Player of the Tournament following Spain's victory in Euro 2012.