Cesc Fabregas hailed a historic moment for Spain after he helped La Furia Roja to their first World Cup triumph.
The Arsenal midfielder created the extra-time goal for Andres Iniesta as Spain beat Holland 1-0 in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium.
Fabregas, who has had to play a substitutes' role all tournament, said: "I was a bit down because I had not played as much as I had wanted but in the end it has all been worth it. This is an historic moment for Spain and it may never be repeated - and I dedicate this to my whole family."
He added: "The fans have fantastic, the rock on which we base everything and I hope in two years' time we will have more joy at the Euros."