CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Spain's star midfielder Xavi, 30, was voted the Man of the Match here on Tuesday after Spain beat Portugal 1-0 to advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.
David Villa scored the winning goal in the 63rd minute, but Xavi's beautiful back-heel pass set up for the Barcelona-bound striker.
Xavi, who has pulled the strings in the center of the field for Barcelona for a decade, was voted the best player at Euro 2008.
Aside from his undoubted creativity, the visionary Catalan is a phenomenally hard-worker who never shirks his defensive responsibilities. Able to occupy any central-midfield role, Xavi's reading of the game is allied to a powerful shot, which ensures he weighs in with his fair share of goals.
Also adept at set-pieces, he has the ability to make his team-mates tickt at either international or club level.
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