Arda Turan endured what was surely the lowest moment of his professional career on Friday night against Spain.
The Barcelona playmaker, who hasn’t enjoyed a good season, was booed by the Turkish fans as Spain recorded a 3-0 victory at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
Arda was made the scapegoat of Turkey’s second successive Euro 2016 defeat, but he didn’t make things any easier for himself by reacting.
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After the final whistle, Arda’s Barcelona teammates - and his old Atletico Madrid teammates - consoled him with hugs and a few kind words.
Among those to have a quiet word with Arda was Andres Iniesta, one of the tournament’s standout performers so far.
Iniesta on what he told Arda Turan
"It's hard to hear the whistles of your own fans, I know it's very bad for Arda because he's a player with a high level and quality," Iniesta was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport. "I gave [him] encouragement after the game and wished him the best... he's my friend."
Iniesta enjoying Euro 2016
On his own performances, Iniesta added: "I'm enjoying [Euro 2016] because things are going well.
"The level of the players is still very high and the team is good. We must seize the moment but we haven't [won] anything yet."
Spain now Euro 2016 favourites
Following their 3-0 win over the Turks, Spain are now the favourites to win Euro 2016.
Before a ball was kicked this summer, Vicente del Bosque’s side were third favourites behind world champions Germany and tournament hosts France.
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