Iniesta is an idol for millions of football fans around the world.
But he told El Pais: "A hero - no way! I know that the fans have a lot of affection for me and they show that all the time, but a hero is something else - someone who struggles against an illness or someone who has to leave his country to find work to feed his children.
"I am very privileged to play football and I'm just lucky enough to sometimes make people feel happy with what I do, scoring a goal or making a pass to help win a game. Anyway, I have never won anything on my own - we have all won together in the teams I've played in."