As expected Spain romped to victory at Euro 2012, casting aside Italy in the final of the tournament with footballing prowess seemingly granted from the Gods.

Eulogisation about Spain's delicious passing football will seemingly never end, and their ability to create goals that leave spectators purring is incomparable to any other side in history.

But were Spain able to score the goal of the tournament, to add to their growing list of accolades? GMF takes a look at some of the contenders after La Roja reigned supreme in Poland and Ukraine...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden 2-0 France




 

Ibrahimovic is the definition of mercurial but, then again, that is part of the appeal of the lank-haired Swedish striker.

This goal against France shows him at his best - highlighting the AC Milan star's perfect poise, creative flair and supreme execution.

Rafael van der Vaart

Portugal 2-1 Netherlands




 

The Netherlands were horrendously out of sorts at Euro 2012; losing each of their group games when many had tipped the Dutch for a genuine tilt at the title.

It wasn't all bad news, although it almost was, for them in Poland and Ukraine, with Van der Vaart's beautiful curled effort handing Netherlands the advantage against Portugal.

Mario Balotelli

Italy 2-0 Germany




 

Germany had enjoyed a relatively straightforward passage to the last four of the competition, and few would have expected Italy to prevent Joachim Loew's side from making the final.

However, Balotelli saw to it that one of the pre-tournament favourites fell before the final hurdle, and his second goal against Germany was a thing of beauty.

Danny Welbeck

England 3-2 Sweden




 

England went home at the quarter-final stage once again, but there was some fun to be had while their time at Euro 2012 lasted, with victory over Sweden the highlight of the campaign.

Having fallen behind 2-1, the Three Lions fought back through Theo Walcott, before Welbeck finished off wonderfully from the Arsenal man's pull-back.

Jakub Błaszczykowski

Poland 1-1 Russia




 

The whole of Poland rejoiced when Błaszczykowski drew them level against Russia, although ultimately the goal proved futile in pursuit of a place in the last eight.

After cutting in from the right wing, Błaszczykowski fairly thrashed a shot into the top corner - a goal which earned him the man of the match award.

Mario Gomez

Germany 2-1 Holland




 

Gomez was listed among the favourites to collect the Golden Boot at Euro 2012 given his potent performances for Bayern Munich over the past 18 months or so.

The imposing striker displayed glimpses of his fine form for the Bavarian giants, with no example more apparent than the expertly taken goal against Holland.

Fernando Torres

Spain 4-0 Italy




 

Given Spain's reluctance to play a recognised striker at Euro 2012, it is somewhat ironic that their chief forward ended the competition with the Golden Boot.

Invariably coming from the bench, Torres was able to finish the majority of chances presented to him, and filled his boots in the final to claim the top-scorer award.

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