After Xavi Hernández has been proclaimed the best player of the Euro 2008 and yet another Barça player had the honor to win the title in Euro 2012. This time it was Andrés Iniesta’s turn. The FC Barcelona player was named MVP of the Poland – Ukraine Euro Championships after Spain national team defeated Italy with the score of 4-0. Iniesta was chosen the man of the match way ahead of his club teammates Xavi and Jordi Alba, even though both of them performed fantastically.
“Pirlo was magnificent and obviously circumstances didn’t help him in the final,” said UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh. “Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández and Iniesta were all superb. 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.“
Iniesta was named the man of the match in three of Spain’s six games thanks to his brilliant performances in the EURO. The first match was against Italy, the second against Croatia and, finally, in the final match against Italy. In addition, Iniesta was subbed out in the final game, in the 88th minute of the match, receiving a standing ovation from the supporters. The Barça midfielder will be most likely a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or (“The golden Ball”) this year.