Cristiano Ronaldo is Europe's best player, but Andrea Pirlo has been Euro 2012's best performer.
One year after being dumped by AC Milan, Pirlo has shown again how great a player he remains. Working with 33-year-old legs, he toils tirelessly in the middle of Italy's midfield, and his hard work and precision passing put him at the heart of literally every attack the Azzurri generate.
Through four matches, Cesare Prandelli's team has scored four goals. Pirlo has been involved directly in all four.
But that's not mentioning the dozens and dozens of dangerous through-balls he plays to his fellow midfielders and forwards—or the cheeky penalty he put past Joe Hart in the penalty shootout against England.
If Italy figure out how to shoot against Germany, they have a chance to pull the upset. Pirlo has been that good.