Iniesta holds off Ronaldo as man of the match master

Since UEFA introduced the EURO man of the match award, Andrés Iniesta has been the master, but his record was under threat from Cristiano Ronaldo. We look at the award's history.

Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
  • Key points

UEFA has been awarding official man of the match prizes since EURO '96
Andrés Iniesta has won six man of the match gongs
Cristiano Ronaldo could equal him with the award in the final
Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo claimed a record three awards in 2012
Iniesta, Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović are the only men to win awards in three separate EUROs
Portugal have record 22 awards

EVERY MAN OF THE MATCH AT UEFA EURO 2016
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  • Most awards

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) 6 – 1 in 2008, 3 in 2012, 2 in 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 5 – 1 in 2008, 2 in 2012, 2 in 2016
Andrea Pirlo (Italy) 4 – 1 in 2008, 3 in 2012
Zinédine Zidane (France) 4 – 2 in 2000, 2 in 2004
Michael Ballack (Germany) 3 – 2 in 2004, 1 in 2008
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) 3 – 1 in 2004, 1 in 2008, 1 in 2012

  • Most awards in one tournament

2016: Antoine Griezmann (France), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Dimitri Payet (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Renato Sanches (Portugal), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) 2
2012: Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Italy) 3
2008: Andrey Arshavin (Russia), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) 2
2004: Milan Baroš (Czech Republic), Michael Ballack (Germany), Wayne Rooney (England), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), Theo Zagaorakis (Greece), Zinédine Zidane (France) 2
2000: Luís Figo (Portugal), Thierry Henry (France), Erik Mykland (Norway), Francesco Totti (Italy), Zinédine Zidane (France) 2
1996: Karel Poborský (Czech Republic), Mattias Sammer (Germany), David Seaman (England), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) 2

Ronaldo: Portugal were worthy winners
Ronaldo on reaching semi-finals

  • Awards in most tournaments

Andrés Iniesta, (2008, 2012, 2016), Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2012, 2016)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (2004, 2008, 2012)

  • Other records

Youngest winner: Wayne Rooney (England v Switzerland, 2004) 18 years 237 days
Oldest winner: Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine v Sweden 2012) 35 years 256 days

Watch classic semi-finals featuring France and Germany
Classic semi-finals involving France and Germany

  • Teams with most awards

Overall
Portugal 22
Germany 21
Spain 20
France 16
Italy 16

By tournament
2016: Portugal 7 (maximum)
2012: Spain 6 (maximum)
2008: Spain 6 (maximum)
2004: Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal 4
2000: Italy 5
1996: Germany 5

The Carlsberg Man of the Match (awarded in its current form since 2004) is decided by UEFA's technical observers after considering the nominees as voted for by EURO2016.com users. Voting opens at the start of the second half in all games and ends after 85 minutes