Andres Iniesta has reflected that both collectively and individually the calendar year of 2012 has been a good year.

Over the past 12 months, the midfielder won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and the European Championships with Spain in Poland and Ukraine.

The 28-year-old was also named the best player of the 2011-12 Champions League season, the best player at the Euros, the man of the match in the Euro 2012 Final against Italy and the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for 2012.

“2012 has been a good year, both collectively and individually. Starting with the Copa del Rey when we beat Athletic then through to the European Championships,” he reflected to Mundo Deportivo today.

“At an individual level there are the two awards, both as the best player at the Euros and then of UEFA, and above all, there are my personal feelings, from year to year, they grow.”

However, Iniesta also admitted to feeling some regret for the past year, but also hope going into 2013.

“The thorn has been the Champions League and not being able to win the League and whilst we had fewer points all season, we are required to fight for everything.

“The first part of this season, though, the feelings are very good. We have to continue at this level until the end.

“The Ballon d’Or? I see this as a dream, but one that is very beautiful and special. I will enjoy the day to the fullest, because to be in the top three is a dream.”

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