David Villa has long been one of Europe's most coveted talents - and a brilliant hat-trick in Spain's impressive rout of Russia did nothing to harm his status.
Villa has been linked with a host of top clubs throughout his time at Valencia, and it now seems certain he has played his final game at the Mestalla.
Valencia's financial problems have also led to speculation that he will go for a bargain price in a fire sale, but many of Europe's elite would happily part with whatever it takes to land this most gifted of strikers.
Villa showed every facet of his ability against Russia, from intelligent running and wonderful link play to his killer instinct in front of goal.
And his partnership with Liverpool's Fernando Torres offered compelling evidence that Spain's grim record of under-achievement at major championships may be about to come to an end.
Spain's first goal, created with vision by Torres and finished simply by Villa, was an example of a strike partnership working in perfect harmony.
It provided the platform for an outstanding victory, although Spain's admirers should not get carried away too soon given that they started the 2006 World Cup with a 4-0 win against the Ukraine before fading in familiar fashion.
But in Villa they have the man capable of fulfilling their travelling supporters' dreams - and those of club managers around Europe.
Villa has already stated he is a fan of Arsenal's passing style, and it is easy to see why Arsene Wenger would be tempted to fit his stellar talent into the set-up at the Emirates.
Real Madrid, as ever, have been circling and waiting to pounce on Villa, with unsubstantiated rumours suggesting a deal has been done and will be formally announced at the end of Euro 2008.
Liverpool is another potential home, especially as his link with Torres is so potent, but a lack of financial firepower inside Anfield's troubled corridors of power and a question of style may hamper any deal.
Rafael Benitez is now firmly locked into the system which has Steven Gerrard pushing up alongside Torres, with the growing likelihood of Javier Mascherano and Gareth Barry forming the holding midfield partnership.
Where would Villa fit in - even if Liverpool could actually afford him?
Villa is certain to be on his way once this summer showpiece is concluded, and his all-round performance against Russia suggests it will be to the good fortune of any club able to sign him.
Euro 2008 needs all the stars it can get, and Villa is already one of them.