Torres: Spain saved the best for last

The 28-year-old forward believes the 4-0 win over Italy was La Roja's best display of the tournament as he expressed his delight to see the fans celebrate with the players
 Martin Langer
In Kiev

Spain striker Fernando Torres has hailed his side's European Championship win on Sunday, saying that they needed to perform at their very best in the finale to retain their crown.

Vicente del Bosque's team strolled to a record-breaking 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev to claim their third consecutive major trophy, something no other national side have ever achieved before.

La Roja had been heavily criticised throughout the tournament prior to the final for their conservative style of play, but Torres believes that his side proved their detractors wrong in the end.

“I think we did what we had to do and saved the best for last,” the Chelsea striker told after the game. “That was what we needed to be champions again.

9/2 Spain are 9/2 to win World Cup 2014 with bet365

“It's a great joy, almost impossible to describe. You can only remember how it feels to win when you lift a trophy again.

“I am very happy that we could make Spain proud of us, that is the most important thing, to see the fans celebrating with us and enjoying our game.

“It is something I will never forget.”

Torres, 28, came off the bench to score Spain's third goal and set up the fourth, and in the process, finish Euro 2012 as the tournament's top goalscorer with three strikes in total.

Who do you think should be International's World Player of the Week this week? Leave your nomination in the comments section of THIS article between 10.00 every Sunday and 11.00CET every Monday. We will include some of the best suggestions in our winners piece.