"That goal has been key. He can be the best player in the world. He has all the qualities to get that award and he has a bright future in front of him.
"Winning against Germany is a massive step for him and for us. He is one of the candidates for World Player of the Year."
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas added: "Yes, Fernando can be the best in the world. This is about the Spanish team and not the individual performance but I told him the final would be his game and he would score - and he got that goal."