Torres wins Golden Boot award

by AFP on Jul 02, 2012

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Spanish striker Fernando Torres has won the Golden Boot award as the top scorer at Euro 2012 edging out Germany's Mario Gomez.

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 because he 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 scored 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.

It completes an incredible latter part of the 2011/12 season for Torres, who also collected FA Cup and Champions League winners medals with Chelsea, having been all but written off for the most of the campaign as he failed to fire for the English club.

However, there was 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 on Monday.

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.