Messi has come under fire from media and European government officials this year.
"That's what they're saying here; they don't know anything about it in England. It's just a big thing to try and exert an influence," Iniesta remarked.
He also acknowledged that he would be thrilled if Messi won the Ballon d'Or.
"I'd be delighted; the whole squad would feel like part of it."
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