Spain not yet on Brazil`s level: Iniesta

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 14:43

Rio de Janeiro: Andres Iniesta says Spain cannot yet claim to be on the same pedestal as Brazil in football`s international hierarchy.

The Barcelona midfielder has been a key member of a Spain team that has won the two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

Iniesta said Brazil had maintained a unique aura owing to the country`s rich football history.

"To have won five World Cups like Brazil has is something that is practically unreachable for Spain," Iniesta said Monday.

The 29-year-old also revealed his desire to play against the South American giants at Rio de Janeiro`s iconic Maracana stadium during next year`s World Cup.

"Spain against Brazil would be a huge match," he said. "To play in Brazil is special for everybody."

Iniesta is certain to be called upon by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for next month`s Confederations Cup in Brazil, which will feature each of FIFA`s six regional champions and European runners-up Italy.

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First Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 14:43

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