Date: 28th May 2009 at 1:26pm
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Our players were graceful in defeat and congratulated the opposition – something other teams could not do this season… But that doesn’t matter now. Rooney, Rio, Ronaldo and Fergie all admitted that Barcelona were the better team on the night.

‘They are a brilliant team and I think Iniesta is the best player in the world at the moment,’ Rooney said.

Sir Alex: ‘We recognised beforehand their strength was their central midfielders. It wasn’t really Messi who was the problem. It was Iniesta and Xavi. They can keep the ball all night long.

‘You have to give credit to a very good Barcelona team. If they get in front of you they are very difficult to beat.’


True and I have to agree with Rooney’s assessment: Iniesta is the best player in the world right now. There’s much talk about Messi winning Ballon d’Or but his performance was downright mediocre when compared to his colleagues Xavi and especially the majestic Iniesta. He should be crowned in December even though that’s still a long way off.