Spain captain Iker Casillas admits that the achievement of winning the World Cup will take time to sink in.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper lifted the trophy as the European champions sealed a 1-0 extra-time win over Holland.
Casillas now concedes that it will be some time before the players can truly appreciate the significance of their 'historic' win.
"It's a historic moment for Spanish football," said Casillas.
"This achievement is something that we, the players, are still not aware of...what the significance really is.
"I think it's something we will only realise over time."
Casillas, largely the quieter of the two keepers, made one tremendous save in normal time when he denied Arjen Robben after the Bayern Munich star raced clear.
"I'm not a saint, not at all. I have a lot of experience after putting in a lot," he said.
"I have been gifted and have had lots of support from all my family and friends, so I am really overjoyed.
"It's what we have dreamt of since we were children. It is truly a special time and certainly a much happier moment than when we won the European Championships. We are now the world champions.
"It was not easy, but luckily we managed to win. We've earned this victory from beginning to end.
"It's been almost 50 days of full concentration. That in itself is very complicated, very difficult and gives an idea of what this group has done."