So it really was child's play: How Spanish players' impossibly cute kids stole the show after team thrashed the Italians in Euro final

Monday, July 2, 2012
By CHRIS PARSONS

On top of the world: Chelsea striker Torres, pictured here with joyful youngsters including son Leo and daughter Nora (right), won the Euro 2012 Golden Boot after scoring three in the competition

Their matches looked like men against boys at times during Euro 2012, so the post-match scenes that greeted Spain's victory last night seemed entirely appropriate.
Having made light work of Italy in last night's final, Spain's all-conquering players were quick to celebrate on the pitch as they paraded the trophy in front of thousands of jubilant fans.
The on-pitch celebrations were led by two-year-old Nora Torres, the daughter of striker Fernando Torres, who scored Spain's third goal in Kiev as the world champions cruised to a historic final win with a 4-0 victory.
And during the joyous scenes that followed, the striker's ponytailed little girl was joined by around a dozen other youngsters, as Spain's celebrations after the final whistle became a full-on family affair.

The next generation? Torres applauds Spanish fans after the game in Kiev, as his daughter Nora and son Leo play joyfully in the goalmouth

This is where the ball goes: Striker Fernando Torres shares a precious moment after the match with son Leo and daughter Nora

Child's play: Torres and teammate Juanfran are joined in the joyous scenes by more of the Spanish players' young sons and daughters on the pitch in Kiev

Enjoying the moment: Reserve goalkeeper Jose Reina soaks up the victory on the pitch with Grecia, five, Alma, three, and son Luca, one as Spanish celebrations became a family affair

Family memories: Goalkeeper Reina, 29, is joined by his young family, while right, Torres lets his little ones enjoy a mini pitch invasion

Several first team players, including goalscorer Torres, midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Jose Reina let their young families join in the pitch celebrations, with the children appearing to enjoy the spectacle even more than their footballing fathers.
Torres's young son Leo and daughter Nora were among several kitted out in their miniature Spain replica shirts, toddling joyfully around the pitch and playing with glitter used during the trophy ceremony.


Glitter fun: Jose Reina's young daughters Grecia and Alma jump around the pitch following the trophy presentation

Likewise Spanish goalkeeper Jose Reina, although not used in the tournament, was another who took the chance to take in the winning moment with his family.
The Liverpool keeper was pictured soaking up the post-match atmosphere in Kiev with his two adorable daughters Grecia, five, Alma, three, and son Luca, one.

One for the family album: Midfield maestro Xabi Alonso holds the Euro 2012 trophy alongside wife Nagore Aramburu, son Jontxu and two-year-old daughter Ane

Adorable: Torres and his own children were joined by several other squad members and their familes during the jubilant post-match scenes

All the children invited on to the pitch did not appear overawed by the huge football stadium and crowd, and appeared happy just to play in the goalmouth and wander around enjoying the moment.
Reina's former Liverpool teammate Xabi Alonso, instrumental in Spain's historic tournament triumph, was another who revelled in victory in the company of his wife and children.
The midfielder, 30, posed for pictures with the trophy alongside wife Nagore Aramburu, son Jontxu and two-year-old daughter Ane.

Daddy's girl: Nora Torres shows her striker father just where Spain are in the world rankings following their historic triumph

As Spain celebrated becoming the first ever national team to win three consecutive major tournaments, their players appear to have achieved almost God-like status with their own fans.
Footage after the final whistle saw Spain fans even hand their own children to players like Torres during wild celebrations in the Kiev crowd.
The seemingly invincible Spanish were crowned Euro 2012 champions having won the World Cup in 2010 and winning Euro 2008.
Their victory saw football pundits compare Spain - who have not lost a competitive game since the 2010 World Cup - hailed as one of the best ever international football sides.

All smiles: Reina's three young children did not appear camera shy as the football media focussed their lenses on the goalkeeper and his offspring


Happy families: Torres poses for a picture with wife Olalla Dominguez and the couple's two children, Nora and Leo

Stylish: Spain's soccer fans cheer during their emphatic 4-0 win

Back home: Spanish fans celebrate victory at a public viewing in Valladolid

Fiesta time: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere in Kiev after getting in their teams colours

Champions: Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final of Euro 2012


Celebrations: The Spain squad celebrate after the final whistle confirms them as European Champions again

source: dailymail