Spain's Iniesta named Best Player at Euro 2012
Kyiv, Ukraine (Sports Network) - Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has been named the Best Player of the Tournament for Euro 2012, it was announced on Monday.
The award is given by the UEFA Technical Team, which is comprised of 10 men, with at least two members of the team being present for all 31 games at Euro 2012.
Iniesta helped Spain to a 4-0 win over Italy in Sunday's final, allowing the Spanish to become the first team to win three major tournaments in succession.
And although his numbers don't jump off the page - he had one assist and no goals in six matches - the Technical Team felt that his contribution to Spain's run in the tournament couldn't be overlooked.
"Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Iniesta were all superb," said UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh. "In the case of Xavi, he won the award last time, and he could easily have won the award again, but we felt that Iniesta deserved it. In many ways, he symbolized the tournament - the creative, incisive runner, with and without the ball. We felt that he epitomized a lot of what we saw."