Spain’s spellbinding performance in the final of Euro 2012 against Italy last night put the argument to bed for most – the modern incarnation of La Roja is the finest international team of all time.
Some maintain that the Brazil team of the 1970’s would have given them a run for their money but there can be no doubting their brilliance after their 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev.
Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata helped retained their crown and ensure Italian heartbreak, but there is more to Vicente del Bosque’s side than silverware; they are genuine history makers - and they have the records to prove it.
73 – the amount of seconds it took Juan Mata to score after the Chelsea midfielder had emerged from the bench late in the second half. His goal is the quickest ever scored by a substitute in a Euro final.
1 – Fernando Torres became the first player to score a goal in two separate Euro finals having found the back of the net last night. The striker scored the winner four years ago against Germany to help Spain secure their first trophy in 44 years.
9 – The amount of clean sheets kept by Iker Casillas in European Championship games, equalling Edwin van der Sar’s record.
12 – European Championship games unbeaten for Spain, stretching back to 2008. Unsurprisingly, this is a new record.
3 – Trophies won by Vicente del Bosque, Spain’s manager, making him the first to claim World Cup, the Champions League and European Championship trophies.
1 - Spain are the first side to win the Euros in its current guise having conceded just one goal.
100 – Iker Casillas became the first player to reach 100 international victories last night. “San Iker’ is only 31-years-old.
3 - Spain have equalled Germany's record of three European Championship wins (1964, 2008 and 2012).
509 – Minutes Iker Casillas went without conceding a goal at Euro 2012, breaking the previous record, set by Dino Zoff (494 minutes)
4 – Spain became the first side to score four goals in a European Championship final last night.
2 – Assists last night for Xavi, making him the first player to provide an assist in two Euro finals.
3 – La Roja became the first team to win three consecutive major international tournaments having won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup to go along with last night’s success.
5 – David Silva was involved in five goals, scoring two and setting up three, more than any one else at Euro 2012.
15358 – the amount of Tweets sent per second during Spain’s victory over Italy last night, a new record for a sporting event.