At the age of 32, you’d think Andres Iniesta’s footballing ability should be slowly starting to wane.
However, if his performance against Czech Republic is anything to go by, the midfielder is still one of the best players in world football.
The Barcelona star ran the show against the Czechs, dictating the play throughout the 90 minutes. He rounded off his incredible display with a sensational cross in the 87th minute which was headed in by Gerard Pique to give Spain a 1-0 win. Scroll down to watch a video of his cross.
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It capped off his impressive man-of-the-match display and handed the Spaniards an important three points.
Vicente del Bosque’s side find themselves in a tough group and still face two tricky fixtures against Turkey and Croatia to progress to the knock-out stages.
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But if Iniesta can repeat the kind of performance he demonstrated today, Spain have every opportunity to go far in the competition.
Twitter was absolutely loving the performance of the playmaker. Here are some of the best tweets:
It wasn’t just Twitter that was waxing lyrical about Iniesta. During the match, ITV co-commentator Lee Dixon said that if he had a superpower it would to be Iniesta for a day. We’re not sure that is actually a superpower but it would certainly be incredible to be that good at football for just one day.
After Spain’s awful 2014 World Cup campaign, it’s easy to forget that La Roja are defending their title in the European Championships.
Before the match with Czech Republic, Iniesta admitted that Spain were keen to avenge their disappointment in Brazil two years ago and retain the Henri Delaunay.
"The disappointment of what happened in Brazil forces us to be more focused than ever in this competition," said the Barcelona captain.
"We arrive with a responsibility as champions and we want to go as far as possible. Each tournament is different and I think that we have a good squad and can do well."
Although it was important to get the win, Iniesta alluded to the fact that his nation haven’t necessarily always got off to fantastic starts in competitions.
They could only draw against Italy in their opening fixture of Euro 2012 while they lost two years previously to Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup.
"We have started important competitions losing and still won the title, and we've started others with victories but ended losing.
"Only at the end of the tournament will we be able to say how important the first match was."
Many people have written off Spain's chances of winning a third consecutive European Championships but with Iniesta pulling strings, they could go all the way.
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