Spanish midfielder Xavi was named player of EURO 2008 by UEFA on Monday.
The 28-year-old Barcelona dynamo, scorer of eight goals in 63 internationals, was judged to be at the heart of Spain's triumphant campaign, which saw them top it with a 1-0 victory over Germany in Sunday's final ending a 44-year title drought.
"It was him (Xavi) who gave the team its tempo," said UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh.
Xavi scored once in the tournament and also created the goal for Fernando Torres in the final.
No place for Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on making the squad of the tournament which climaxed on Sunday.
"If Portugal had gone further (they lost 3-2 to Germany in the quarter-finals), he (Ronaldo) and Deco would have been in our squad," said the former Scotland coach.
"We don't pick them on reputation. He is a fantastic player. In any case one of the bettter matches I saw was between the Portugal A and Portugal B sides."
Two of Ronaldo's team-mates did make it in defenders Jose Bosingwa and Pepe. Roxburgh said that the selection of the best player had been a close run thing.
"(Iker) Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper, came very close in the voting," he said. "There is also (Carles) Puyol: What an attitude he has. He is the captain courageous of Barcelona, and he has the same courage for the national side. Obviously the winning team provides the best players."
UEFA EURO 2008 squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands).
Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).