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Spain came up trumps as a team, but which players were the key performers for their side? Using our ranking system of the talent on show, Goal.com reveals all

In the end, history was made. Spain ran out easy 4-0 winners against Italy, and in so doing became the first team to retain the European Championship, and to triumph in three consecutive major tournaments.

Other than the eventual winners, it was a tournament of surprises. The Azzurri surprised by beating the much-fancied Germany en route to their final loss; France were touted as dark horses a month ago, but disintegrated into mutiny after two disappointing losses.

Netherlands came unstuck in the group stages amid reports of disharmony, and Russia managed to undo a promising start and surrendered a last-eight spot in the final group game.

Now that the dust has settled on the tournament, we take a closer look at the top 20 players at Euro 2012 based on our ratings index.

TOP 20 PLAYERS
RANK PLAYER AVERAGE RATING
1
Andres Iniesta   ANDRES INIESTA Ukraine
  
3.58
2
 MICHAEL KROHN-DEHLI
  
3.50
3
  NICKLAS BENDTNER
  
3.50
4
  PEPE
  
3.40
5
  SAMI KHEDIRA
  
3.40
6
 ANDREA PIRLO
  
3.33
7
  XABI ALONSO Ukraine
  
3.33
8
  ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO
  
3.33
9
  ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
  
3.33
10
  STEPHAN ANDERSEN
  
3.33
11
  LUKA MODRIC
  
3.33
12
  DANIELE DE ROSSI
  
3.25
13
  XAVI
  
3.25
14
  CESC FABREGAS
  
3.25
15
  JAKOB POULSEN
  
3.25
16
  MARKO DEVIC
  
3.25
17
  ANDRE SCHURRLE
  
3.25
18
  CRISTIANO RONALDO
  
3.20
19
  JOAO MOUTINHO
  
3.20
20
  MESUT OZIL
  
3.20

Unsurprisingly, Andres Iniesta ended the tournament top of our rankings. The Barcelona midfielder was the hero for Spain in 2010 in South Africa, and was once again instrumental as he was crowned by Uefa as the best player of Euro 2012.

Denmark surprised many with their plucky performances, and Michael Krohn-Dehli and Nicklas Bendtner managed to make the top three, with their team-mates Stephan Andersen and Jakob Poulsen also making the cut.

Other players to not have progressed past the group stage but impressed include Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andriy Shevchenko, neither of whom were able to lead Sweden and Ukraine respectively to the knockout phase.

Despite a disappointing exit in the semi-finals, three German players still made the top 20. Sami Khedira was the highest ranked, with Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil in the bottom half.

Italy may have reached the final, but only two Azzurri stars made the top 20, with Andrea Pirlo predictably finishing in the top half of the ratings index.

A total of 10 central midfielders are in the list, although Cesc Fabregas was used as a makeshift striker for much of the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed 18th spot, some 14 places behind Pepe, the highest-ranked Portugal player.

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