Torres praises Spain’s “togetherness”
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres
The Spain no.9 came off the bench on Sunday night to net his third goal of the tournament and provide an assist as La Roja crushed Italy 4-0 to become the first team to retain the European Championship.
Torres also became the first man to score in two separate Euro finals (he netted the winner against Germany in 2008) and claimed the Golden Boot award, despite starting just two games at the tournament.
Added to the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League winners’ medals he claimed with Chelsea last season, 2012 is definitely a year Torres will remember.
“You can't ask for more, but it is the work of the team and the togetherness that has brought us here,” said Torres.
“You always want to win more and more, but right now we have to enjoy this. We have won by a distance against a great team like Italy.
“We are very happy. This was the objective that we had at the start of the tournament. We knew we were the opponent to beat, that it was going to be more difficult than ever and it has been.”
Having become the only team ever to win three successive tournaments, Spain now have every right to adopt the mantle of the greatest international team of all-time, an achievement which wasn't lost on Torres.
“We have dominated from start to finish and enjoyed a magical evening. Now we can say that national teams of the future will concentrate on us to try and make history,” he said.
“We had luck in some moments of the championship but at the end we will reflect on what it means in Spanish football history.
“Football can be just or unjust like that depending how you look at it and that is why we like it so much.”