Andres Iniesta named player of Euro 2012 tournament

Andres Iniesta

Spain's Andres Iniesta has been named the best player of Euro 2012.

The Barcelona midfielder was selected by Uefa after helping Spain beat Italy 4-0 in Sunday's final.

Uefa praised Iniesta for his "creativity, incisive football and humility". He played every game for Spain in the tournament.

He was one of 10 Spanish players in Uefa's 23-man team of the tournament, with Steven Gerrard the only England player to make the selection.

"Gerrard played really, really well and showed great leadership qualities," a Uefa boss said.

Liverpool midfielder Gerrard and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic were the only selections in the team of the tournament from sides that did not reach the semi-finals.

Others to be recognised for their performances in Poland and Ukraine include Italy's Andrea Pirlo, and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Euro 2012 team of the tournament:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Ita), Iker Casillas (Spa), Manuel Neuer (Ger)

Defenders: Gerard Pique (Spa), Fabio Coentrao (Por), Philipp Lahm (Ger), Pepe (Por), Sergio Ramos (Spa), Jordi Alba (Spa)

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Ita), Steven Gerrard (Eng), Xavi (Spa), Andres Iniesta (Spa), Sami Khedira (Ger), Sergio Busquets (Spa), Mesut Ozil (Ger), Andrea Pirlo (Ita), Xabi Alonso (Spa)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Ita), Cesc Fabregas (Spa), Cristiano Ronaldo (Por), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe), David Silva (Spa)

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