Just after the 2010 World Cup final the Spain midfielder, Andres Iniesta, was awarded the man of the match accolade.
In a ceremony in the depths of the Soccer City stadium, a statuesque Penelope-Cruz-lookalike emerged from a corner of the room to clutch Iniesta’s arm and smile.
With the dexterity he’s renowned for on the pitch, the 1m 70cm-tall Iniesta managed to look at the cameras instead of the cleavage heaving in a ridiculously low-cut dress for the freezing temperatures in Johannesburg that night.
Spain are the defending champions and though their cycle of dominance is said to waning, they are still a formidable outfit.
They’re bidding to become only the third country after Italy and Brazil to retain the title.
The feat hasn’t been done since the Brazil double of 1958/62.
Iniesta will be at the heart of that tilt and Barcelona team-mate Xavi will probably be at his side.
But even without his wingman, Iniesta is more than capable of dictating the pace of a game - either by holding the ball in a seemingly midfield time vortex or snapping it forward in the blink of an eye.
He’s also got the dribbling skills which allow him to go for goal, surging in with a turn of pace from left or right.
Spain’s first Group B match of the 2014 tournament is against the Netherlands, the team they beat four years ago to lift the trophy.
Then it was billed as a meeting of the two best sides – technically – at the competition.
Sadly the final became a kickfest which the Dutch won 28 fouls to 19.
Iniesta, however, made the most important mark that chilly night in Johannesburg.
Expect many more crucial interventions in Brazil.