Monday 02 July 2012
Four Barclays Premier League stars have been honoured by UEFA for their performances during Euro 2012.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has won the Golden Boot award for top scorer, thanks to his three goals and one assist during the tournament.
And UEFA named their Team of the Tournament on Monday, with Manchester City duo David Silva and Mario Balotelli both included along with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.
Torres came off the bench in Spain's stunning 4-0 final victory over Italy on Sunday, scoring the third goal before setting up Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata to bag a fourth.
Torres finished tied with Germany's Mario Gomez, Italy's Balotelli, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Russia's Alan Dzagoev and Croatia's Mario Mandzukic on three goals for the tournament.
When goals are tied it goes first down to assists (Gomez and Torres had one apiece) and then minutes on the pitch with the fewest winning, and Torres only played for 189 minutes compared with Gomez's 282.
Meanwhile, the UEFA Technical Team (including former Barclays Premier League manager Gerard Houllier) picked their squad of 23 for Euro 2012, and handed the Best Player prize to Spain's brilliant midfielder Andres Iniesta.
"The players in the squad are those who have contributed in a significant way over the entire tournament," said UEFA technical director and former Scotland coach Andy Roxburgh.
"Inevitably, the squad is dominated by players from the teams who had the most success - first of all the team which won the title, Spain, then those players who were in the other top three teams.
"In general, the team thought this was a very positive event. The top four teams tried to take the initiative in games, as did other teams as well. There was a positive feeling as far as players' attitudes, the approach to the game and the skill level was concerned."
Ten Spanish players were included, with four from Italy and Germany, three from Portugal, one from England and one from Sweden.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Manuel Neuer (Germany).
Defenders: Gerard Pique (Spain), Fabio Coentrao (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Jordi Alba (Spain).
Midfielders: Daniele de Rossi (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Xavi (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Sami Khedira (Germany), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Xabi Alonso (Spain).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), David Silva (Spain).