ANDRES Iniesta has been named the player of the tournament at Euro 2012 after inspiring Spain to defend their title in Poland and Ukraine.
The Barcelona midfielder played a starring role in Spain's success with consistent performances throughout the competition.
He produced another scintillating display in the final as Vicente del Bosque's men beat Italy 4-0 to be crowned European champions once again.
Italy's Andrea Pirlo had been regarded as the favourite to take the player prize before the Kiev showpiece but Iniesta has been given the nod by a technical committee made up of 11 people.
UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh said: "Picking Iniesta as the best player of Euro 2012 sends a message about creativity, incisive football and humility."