The Spanish midfielder has been announced the 2012 Euro MVP player, that is, the "Most Valuable Player" of the European Nations Cup tournament: the Best. Andres Iniesta was MVP against Italy in the Group C opener, Ireland & in the final against Italy; that is 3 times MVP.
If awards are a factor in the FIFA World Player calculation, then Iniesta shares the same amount as his team-mate Messi , except the European Golden Boot Award which goes to the Argentine with 51 goals in La Liga
Also UEFA & its team of experts has voted & released the list of 23 players that make up the Euro 2012 ideal team:
The names are:
- Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA), Iker Casillas (SP) & Manuel Neuer (GER).
- Defenders: Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba (SP), Fabio Coentrao, Pepe (POR) & Philipp Lahm (GER).
- Midfielders: Daniele de Rossi, Andrea Pirlo (ITA), Steven Gerrard (ING), Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso (SP), Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil (GER).
- Forwards: Mario Balotelli (ITA), Cesc Fábregas (SP), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE) & David Silva (SP).