KIEV — Spanish striker Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot award for top scorer at Euro 2012 edging out Germany's Mario Gomez UEFA announced yesterday. The 28-year-old — whose goal in the 4-0 win over Italy in the final made him the only player to score in two Euro finals — like Gomez scored three goals and provided one assist during the tournament.
However, UEFA gave it to him on the tie-break of having had less game time during the finals, the Spaniard having had 189 minutes on the pitch compared to Gomez's 280. Four other players also ended up with three goals, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, rising Russian star Alan Dzagoev and one of the revelations of the tournament, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic.
For Torres it sees him complete an incredible latter part of the 2011/12 season where he also collected FA Cup and Champions League winners medals with Chelsea having been all but written off for the majority of the campaign as he failed to fire for the English club. However, there was to be a let down for the former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool star as he missed out on being named in the 23-man squad of the championship named by UEFA later yesterday.
While he came on as a substitute during the final — he also set up Juan Mata for the fourth and final goal — right-back Alvaro Arbeloa was the only one of the starting XI against Italy who failed to make the UEFA squad.
Squad of the Euro 2012 championship selected by UEFA: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA), Iker Casillas (ESP), Manuel Neuer (GER); Defenders: Gerard Pique (ESP), Fabio Coentrao (POR), Philipp Lahm (GER), Pepe (POR), Sergio Ramos (ESP), Jordi Alba (ESP); Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (ITA), Steven Gerrard (ENG), Xavi (ESP), Andres Iniesta (ESP), Sami Khedira (GER), Sergio Busquets (ESP), Mesut Ozil (GER), Andrea Pirlo (ITA), Xabi Alonso (ESP); Forwards: Mario Balotelli (ITA), Cesc Fabregas (ESP), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE), David Silva (ESP). — AFP