Iniesta voted Europe's best player

Andres Iniesta
Iniesta is presented his award by UEFA President Michel Platini. Photo: PA

Andres Iniesta was named UEFA's best player in Europe at an awards ceremony in Monaco today.

The Barcelona midfielder, who inspired Spain to retain their crown at Euro 2012, won the vote by 53 sports journalists representing each of UEFA's member nations.

He was chosen ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo.