Diego Maradona described Andres Iniesta as playing "with a tailcoat, wearing a suit", but stands by his assessment that Sergio Ramos is not a star player.
Spain looked far from convincing as they stumbled through Group B, but Iniesta was at his imperious best against Portugal, Iran and Morocco, leaving Argentina icon Maradona to purr over his seemingly effortless brilliance.
"Iniesta is a total star," he told Marca. "He plays with a tailcoat, wearing a suit, with dress shoes and has no problems."
He is less convinced about Real Madrid's Ramos, though, who Maradona believes is not as good as his Atletico Madrid rival Diego Godin.
"If Sergio Ramos wants, I apologise, but I will not change my purely football thinking," he added. "He is a great player, he is a great captain, he can become a good leader, as we see in Real Madrid, but not a star."