Thiago named UEFA U-21 MVP

Thiago Alcantara has been named as Player of the UEFA Under-21 Championship, whilst 11 Spain players make the all-star squad.

The Barcelona midfielder captained La Rojita to success in this summer’s tournament held in Israel, scoring a hat-trick in the final against Italy.

UEFA have confirmed today that he has been named as Player of the Tournament, whilst he joins 10 other teammates in the all-star squad.

Golden Boot winner Alvaro Morata, David de Gea, Isco, Rodrigo Moreno, Asier Illarramendi, Marc Bartra, Koke, Martin Montoya, Inigo Martinez and Alberto Moreno are all included.

UEFA’s technical team explained their decision in selecting Thiago as the Player of the Tournament.

“As captain of the title winners, Thiago displayed leadership qualities on and off the pitch and, throughout the tournament, was an influential figure in his team's performance with impressive box-to-box work – exceptional ball control even in the tightest of situations, ability to dictate the tempo of play, intelligent ball-winning based on anticipation rather than tackling, and outstanding playmaking skills based on a wide variety of short and long passing.

“His three goals in the final represented a unique individual achievement and reward for his contributions to his team's success.”

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