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Iniesta not motivated by awards

Midfielder aiming solely for team success

ESPN staff

Iniesta has drawn plaudits for his performances this summer© PA Photos

Andres Iniesta will head into Sunday’s Euro 2012 final with little thought for personal honours, despite many tipping the Spaniard to win the Player of the Tournament award.

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Iniesta, 28, was picked in the Team of the Tournament four years ago, but insists he cares little for individual awards when there are team prizes at stake.

The Barcelona midfielder and his Spain team-mates are bidding to become the first team to win three consecutive major international tournaments.

"I never thought about playing for personal credit,” Iniesta said at a press conference. “I do not think I am the Player of the Tournament. I feel that what will make me happy is to lift the trophy.

“In football everything is relative; it does not matter who stars and who does not. [Claudio] Marchisio has had a good tournament, [Andrea] Pirlo also.  I do not know [who the Player of the Tournament should be] and I really do not care.”

Iniesta was also questioned on Jordi Alba’s transfer to Barcelona, where he will join many of his Spain team-mates next campaign.

"I congratulated him yesterday when I heard the news; he is a great reinforcement," Iniesta added. “I know him well from the national team, he is a fast player who makes good decisions; he is a great signing.”


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