Ricardinho named Futsal EURO Player of the Tournament

Ricardinho has been named the first-ever official UEFA Futsal EURO Player of the Tournament after captaining Portugal to the title and finishing seven-goal top scorer.

Ricardinho receives his award from UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin
Ricardinho receives his award from UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin ©Sportsfile

Ricardinho of Portugal has been named UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 Player of the Tournament, the first time such an award has been given at this competition.

In his fifth UEFA Futsal EURO, Ricardinho started proceedings with a rabona goal against Romania and struck four against Azerbaijan in the last eight, as he reached his first major final with Portugal

Ricardinho scored in the first minute against Spain on Saturday, the fastest-ever goal in a final, taking his tournament-leading tally to seven. His career total of 22 UEFA Futsal EURO finals goals is two ahead of the previous record set by Russia's Konstantin Eremenko. Ricardinho was injured in extra time but Portugal won 3-2 to give themselves the team title alongside their skipper's individual honour.

How the award was decided
The award was given to the best-performing player throughout the tournament in the view of the UEFA Technical Team. A player who was outstanding individually and as part of his team, and whose contribution over multiple tournament matches had a major impact on his team's performances, with the following criteria:

• Playing with exceptional skill in attack and defence

• Involvement in decisive actions in attack and defence

• Displaying tactical maturity and efficiency throughout each game

• Playing with a positive attitude – RESPECT

The UEFA Technical Team were two-time FIFA Futsal World Cup-winning Spain coach Javier Lozano, and Nikars Riga coach Orlando Duarte, who led Portugal to the UEFA Futsal EURO 2010 final.