Euro 2012 has given rise to new names, seen household veterans woo us with fine, final swan songs and, of course, seen a whole host of names fail to live up to expectations. As usual.
One standout name in the crowd remains Spain's Andres Iniesta, who has, possibly more than any other player, retained a fantastically high level of performance for the vast majority of his time on the field—and has been part of a winning team to boot.
The scorer of the winning goal in the 2012 World Cup final, Iniesta has nailed down a spot in the technically talented Spaniards' first choice team. He remains a consistent supplier of chances for his teammates, as well as contributing greatly to the overall tactical approach from the reigning European Championship holders.
Here are five reasons why Iniesta has been the player of the tournament so far.