Juan Mata was voted Chelsea's player of the year in his first season in the Premier League. Although he missed the first penalty of the Champions League final shootout, he was still key to the team's greatest triumph.
Rather than spend the summer resting after a successful season, he was part of the Spain squad that cemented its dominance of international football by winning Euro 2012. He then joined up with the Olympic squad as an over-age player. The group-stage exit was disappointing, but it allowed Mata to rejoin his Chelsea teammates for the Community Shield match at Villa Park on August 12.
All of this has meant that he has not had a significant break since the summer of 2011. Does he complain? No. He has continued his excellent form into the 2012-13 Premier League season, playing some sublime football with a huge smile on his face, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further 12 in the league.
That fact, along with the following five reasons, are what make him the best player in the Premier League.