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Fernando is Kop of the world
FERNANDO TORRES must be crowned World Player of the Year for taking Spain back to the Kop of the game.
That is the verdict of his Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso and fellow Spanish superstar Cesc Fabregas.
Torres crowned a sensational 33-goal debut season for the Kop kings by netting the winner in Spain’s 1-0 Euro 2008 final triumph over Germany.
His selfless displays allowed strike partner David Villa to finish top scorer with four goals — three served up by Torres.
Torres got two goals including the big one against Germany keeper Jens Lehmann.
His Spain team-mate Alonso said: “It was a great strike from Fernando and on Sunday he showed he is the man who performs on the big nights.
“That goal has been key. He can be the best player in the world. He has all the qualities to get that award and he has a bright future in front of him.
“Winning against Germany is a massive step for him and for us. He is one of the candidates for World Player of the Year.”
Torres, 24, will be up against Cristiano Ronaldo, who banged in 42 goals last season to lead Manchester United to a Premier and Champions League double.
But the Portugal ace, clearly more concerned about securing a move to Real Madrid, flopped at Euro 2008.
By contrast Torres, who had a record-breaking season for Liverpool, triumphed on the biggest stage.
Arsenal’s Fabregas has no doubt who should win the prize.
He said: “Yes, Fernando can be the best in the world. This is about the Spanish team and not the individual performance but I told him the final would be his game and he would score — and he got that goal.”
Becoming a European champion with Spain made up for Fabregas’ heartbreak over losing the Champions League final with Arsenal against Barcelona two years ago in Paris.
He said: “This is my second trophy after winning the FA Cup with Arsenal but of course it is not the same as winning a European Championship.
“The heartache of the Paris final drove me on. This win definitely makes up for that.”
Fabregas dedicated his triumph to Arsenal fans and said he now wanted to steer the Gunners to glory next season.
He added: “There is no doubt that was the happiest day of my life as a professional footballer. This makes me hungry for more of course.
“This is also for the Arsenal fans who have been suffering a lot this year. For them, at least one player has won something. It is for them.
“Next year I want to win trophies with Arsenal — this is my target definitely.
“Spain’s triumph is a victory for beautiful football. I haven’t seen for a long time a team trying to play the ball always on the ground, trying to play beautiful football and get a trophy as big as that.
"Now at Arsenal we have more or less the same quality of game so hopefully the football there will also get better and better.”
Fabregas, 21, is confident Spain’s young squad can go on to achieve greatness in two years’ time at the World Cup.
He said: “We are very young and of course now we will go for the World Cup.
“We’ve beaten the strongest teams — Italy, Russia and Germany. We deserved this victory for the football we played.
“Justice was done and football ended up as the winner.
“We have an incredible group of young players.
“Now we have to enjoy this moment and to rest in order to come out fighting for qualification for the World Cup, where we are obliged to be in the final and to win it too.”
Rafa Benitez reckons Torres’ Euro heroics will finally silence the Spanish snipers who have been taking pot-shots at the country’s newest national hero.
The Liverpool boss believes his £21.5million buy from Atletico Madrid will now be talked of in the same revered tones as Spain’s 1964 European Championship match-winner Marcelino.
Spaniard Benitez said: “I am very proud, especially after he has been criticised by some people in Spain.
“Everyone remembers the Marcelino goal from 44 years ago and the last final Spain were in was 24 years ago. Now people will talk about Torres in the same way.
“His goal changed the game. After that, Christoph Metzelder pushed forward and Torres was left one versus one. Spain could play on the counter and that was important.”
Benitez was back at Melwood yesterday as Liverpool returned to pre-season training.
Torres and Spanish pals Alonso, Pepe Reina and Alvaro Arbeloa will have another three weeks off, while those who played in England’s summer friendlies return next week.
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