Castrol EDGE Index Tournament XI also includes Ronaldo, Iniesta and Balotelli
For the second successive UEFA European Championship, Spain provided the winner of the Castrol EDGE Index, with Sergio Ramos taking the honour of strongest performing player in 2012 following a historic night at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium. This is Ramos’ second time of being crowned the best player at a major international tournament after the Spanish defender also topped the Castrol EDGE Index table at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A cornerstone of the holders’ impenetrable defence, the Real Madrid CF man finished just ahead of club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had led the standings since the end of the group stage. Gerard Piqué, Ramos’ centre-back partner, completes the podium; he is the second of seven Spain players in the top ten, including their entire rear guard.
CASTROL EDGE UEFA EURO 2012™ TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT
Iker Casillas (16th)
Spanish captain Iker Casillas was outstanding in goal for the victors. Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that he stopped 94% of shots against him – the best in the tournament and helping Spain to keep five clean sheets.
Jordi Alba (6th)
Jordi Alba was a constant threat for Spain at left back. Barcelona’s new signing made the third most touches in the tournament (576) and scored his side’s second goal in the final demolition of Italy. He was equally assured in his defensive work, with a 100% tackle completion rate.
Sergio Ramos (1st)
Sergio Ramos was commanding at centre back for Spain. The Real Madrid man made two last man saving tackles, helping Spain to concede only one goal in the entire tournament. Ramos also took an outstanding penalty in the semi-final against Portugal.
Gerard Pique (3rd)
Ramos’ partner, Gerard Pique, was arguably the most commanding defender at Euro 2012. He won 75.8% of his duels on the ground and made thirty clearances – the fourth highest in the tournament.
Alvaro Arbeloa (7th)
Although Alvaro Arbeloa is widely considered to be the weak link in the Spanish defence, Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that he made 20 tackles in Euro 2012, more than Alba, Ramos and Pique. The Madrid right back did not miss a minute of football.
Andrea Pirlo (11th)
Although Italy’s Andrea Pirlo was stifled in the final by Spain, he was nevertheless outstanding at the centre of the Azurri’s midfield. In addition to scoring a stunning free kick against Croatia, Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Pirlo created seventeen chances during the tournament.
Andres Iniesta (5th)
Andres Iniesta was his usual dynamic self for Spain. The Barcelona schemer made 26 dribbles during the tournament and was unlucky not to score with nine shots on target.
Xavi Hernandez was outstanding once again for Spain, the European and World Champions. He made more chances (25), passes (592) and touches (676) than any other player in Euro 2012.
Xabi Alonso (4th)
Xabi Alonso scored twice for Spain during Euro 2012 and Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that had a chance conversion rate of 25%. The former Liverpool midfielder was equally important in defence – completing sixteen tackles for the victors.
Mario Balotelli (13th)
Mario Balotelli lit up the tournament, scoring both of Italy’s goals against Germany in the semi-final. Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that he had more shots on target than any other player during the tournament. The confrontational forward won more fouls than any other player (20), although this was counteracted by the fact that he also committed the most (17).
Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd)
Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to drag Portugal to the Euro 2012 final. The Madrid star took thirty seven shots in the tournament- twelve more than any other player.
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