Spain's Fernando Torres is the winner of the Euro 2012 Golden Boot Award.
Seriously (via FOX Soccer):
The Golden Boot goes to the player who scores the most goals during the tournament. After the Chelsea striker scored in the 84th minute—just moments after coming on as a sub—during Spain's thumping of Italy in the final, he moved into a six-way tie at three total goals.
The tiebreaker is assists, and the only player of those six to have an assist was Gomez.
Until the 88th minute.
How impressive is Torres' accomplishment?
Torres found himself wide open in the box, and as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ran at him, he dumped the ball off to Chelsea teammate Juan Mata for the finishing touches. That assist tied Torres with Gomez, but because the Spaniard did it in fewer minutes, he wins the award.
In a tournament that featured Denmark beating Netherlands and Greece beating Russia, this might just be the upset of Euro 2012. The often-ridiculed Torres has clearly had his problems, and his inability to find consistency was a large reason why Spain was criticized for not having a striker.
But after scoring two goals against Ireland and then coming on for a miraculous late goal and assist in the final, Fernando Torres managed to defy odds and take home the Golden Boot.