There was a moment during last Sunday's European Championships final when the whole of the footballing community seemed to take a gigantic sigh and finally admit that they were watching something special.
Spain were knocking the ball around so sumptuously that it was beginning to feel like a farce, even though the Italian side they were facing had been depleted to ten minute due to injury. Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas and Silva were playing a brand of football that hadn't been seen for years and with this 4-0 victory over Italy, they won their third national trophy in a row on the back of their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 triumphs.
But, with these successes have come many questions. Have Vincente Del Bosque's men changed football forever by not playing a recognised centre forward? Is their possession based football boring or entertaining? And where do they rank alongside the other great international teams? I've decided to tackle the latter.