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Andrés Iniesta celebrating a goal /PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The FC Barcelona midfielder, Andrés Iniesta, will receive the Barça Players Award this Monday. The award is reserved for the cleanest player of the previous season. The ceremony will take place at noon in FC Barcelona’s Sala París. President Sandro Rosell and the President of the Barça Players Association, Ramon Alfonseda will be present. Iniesta will be awarded a sculpture, which represents clean play and is made from bronze and old silver, created by Agustí Puig. The first edition of the award, given out at the end of the 2009/10 season, was awarded to Bojan Kirkic.

Voting, which was coordinated by the FCB’s Players Association, saw Iniesta garner 47% of the vote to beat out Éric Abidal and Javier Mascherano. The jury picked the midfielder because he represents the qualities of a noble player whose characteristics are recognised internationally. Iniesta’s gesture to Dani Jarque in the South Africa World Cup Final, or the fact that he only received on yellow card -for protesting a decision- all season were integral to the midfielder winning the award in the jury’s mind.

Remembering Eduard Manchón

The Barça Players Association want to recognise a FC Barcelona player that would have won the award in his day if the accolade had existed. On this occasion, the Association will honour Eduard Monchón (1930-2010).

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