Barcelona great Andres Iniesta has been given an unprecedented apology from France Football having never been awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
The classy midfielder has won IT all with the Blaugrana and Spanish national team – including four Champions League titles, Euro 2008 and 2012, and the 2010 World Cup.
But the most coveted individual award has eluded the mercurial playmaker.
He came so close to winning it in 2010, as he played a crucial part in Spain winning the World Cup final; but he agonisingly lost out to Barca teammate – Lionel Messi.
However, France Football has promised Iniesta ‘a majestic recognition’ if he puts up a ‘divine performance’ at the Russia 2018, World Cup.
A piece in the French Football magazine penned by editor Pascal Ferre, read; “Perdon Andres” (forgive us Andres).
This is an act of homage,” read the apology (h/t Who Ate All The Pies ).
“For us, (Iniesta) wasn’t just a player, he was the player.
“His generosity, team play and altruism has certainly deprived him of an even more majestic recognition (the Ballon d’Or).
“He has proven that the brain is definitely the most important thing when it comes to being a champion.
“Iniesta is one of the great absences when it comes to Ballon D’or winners. This is painful to us.
“We can only hope that a divine performance at the World Cup helps us to repair this democratic anomaly.”