A disclaimer: I certainly recognize that goals shape games, how in football they discern between winners and losers. There's nothing more important in football, because quite simply, it's the aim of the game: whether that's in aiming to score one or aiming to not concede one. The game revolves around goals.
Yet this morning,
won the prize for scoring the most goals at the second-best international tournament in the world. That's the Fernando Torres that most people have publicly written off in the past two years, namely, due to a lack of goals.
Of course, Torres didn't score *the* most goals at the Championships: that was split between six different goal scorers, but still, by the verdict of the European Football Association, Torres is the Golden Boot out of the 16 best European nations. Despite only playing 189 minutes, he's scored enough goals to help Spain win the European Championships. It's quite ridiculous, really: Torres has received what is a respected accolade on the back of two goals against the worst team in the competition and a goal and an assist against an exhausted 10-man Italy. It's not much, but ...