By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Spain midfielder Iniesta has enjoyed another solid season playing alongside Messi as the pair helped Barca to more silverware.
However, Iniesta tasted more success with the national team - something Messi is yet to emulate with Argentina - when Spain added the Euro 2012 trophy in the summer to the World Cup title they won in South Africa two years ago.
Iniesta was also a key member of the Spain squad which won the European Championship back in 2008 - and there are some who believe a prominent member of Spain's historic treble winning side deserves to be named as FIFA's best player for the year ahead of Messi, who has won the gong the last three times.
On Tuesday, Messi was named La Liga's Players' Footballer of the Year and Best Striker for last season and Iniesta feels it would be right for the 25-year-old Argentinean to lift the Ballon d'Or for a fourth successive time in January.
"Leo Messi is the number one in the world," Iniesta was quoted by The Sun as saying.
"Messi is the best not only for his goals but for his game in general.
"He has a huge importance in the team, he is unique and decisive and that is why he breaks all those records.
"What makes the people of Barcelona even happier is that he has so much time left ahead of him in the game.
"Those who vote for the Ballon d'Or will vote for the goals and what he has done throughout the year."
Messi recently broke Pele's record of 76 goals for club and country in one calendar year.