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Ramos tops chart with high-octane performance

Sergio Ramos has taken top spot in a list of the best performers at Euro 2012.

The index, which featured seven Spanish players in the top ten, saw Ramos (pictured) ahead of the pack with a rating of 9.68, edging Cristiano Ronaldo, rated at 9.61, into second place.

According to analysis by Castrol EDGE, the 26-year-old secured the honour following an energetic display in Sunday’s final against Italy.

In an action-packed performance, the versatile defender managed four goal attempts, made a crucial block from Andrea Barzagli and stole possession on 15 occasions.

Ramos was a vital part of Spain’s impressive defence which kept five clean sheets during the tournament.

Spaniards dominate Top 10

The Castrol Index tracks every move by a player on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal.

The accolade is even more impressive as Ramos was required to play out of position at centre-back throughout 2012, in place of the injured Carlos Puyol.

Gerard Pique completed the top three, rated at 9.54, with full backs Jordi Alba and Alvaro Arbeloa taking sixth and seventh spots respectively.

The sublime brilliance of the Spanish midfield was also recognised with Xabi Alonso and Andres Iniesta finishing the tournament in fourth and fifth positions whilst Sergio Busquets was placed ninth.

Portugal’s Pepe, eighth, and losing finalist Claudio Marchisio, tenth, completed the top ten.

By Paul Gould

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