The Euros hasn’t been going well for some of the big stars as they have failed to perform up to expectations and standard. The group fixtures enter their 3rd round of games today with some countries like France and Italy already assured of qualifications, while some like Germany and Poland need to secure at least 1 more point to be assured of qualifications as the top 2 teams from the group. Albania, Turkey and Ukraine are already out after losing their opening 2 games. Here are 5 players that have performed below par thus far.
Believed to be in prime position to land the Ballon d’or next year, the Portuguese skipper put in a good display for Real Madrid on their way to winning the Champions League, but he has failed to perform in France. Currently with 6 goals across 3 Euros, he was expected to increase his tally against Iceland and Austria in what is his 4th appearance at the competition. In both games, despite been presented with a couple of clear-cut chances, CR7 wasn’t able to register his name on the score sheet and hand his country much needed victories. As it stands and with only 2 points, Portugal needs a victory in their last game if they are to make it out of group stage.
The £49million Manchester City signing has failed to live up to the hype since leaving Liverpool, and many were surprised to see him start both of England’s games at the Euros. He failed to impress on both occasions and is not expected to start any more games or feature during the competition. With Guardiola watching, Sterling’s place in the City squad is definitely under great threat, and the youngster has sadly failed to make use of the opportunity Roy Hodgson afforded him.
The Bundesliga goal-machine has failed to prove his worth on this big stage. Clearly not surrounded by his star Bayern teammates, the 27-year-old hasn’t been able to perform up to optimal level. In his side’s game against Northern Ireland he was anonymous as they battled to a 1 – 0 victory. Against Germany, his contributions against a rearguard he plays club football with were not enough to hand his side a much needed victory. It is hoped he finds the net against Ukraine after 180 minutes of goal-drought.
The jury has been out on the 23-year-old since scoring Germany’s world cup winning goal at Brazil. Guardiola failed to give him much needed playing time at the Allianz Arena and the Euros was supposed to see him prove the Spanish tactician wrong. Joachim Low’s trust in the former Dortmund playmaker is yet to be rewarded after back-to-back dismal performances in France, and it remains unknown if he will be given any more chance.
Turan was supposed to help rally Turkey to needed victories at the Euros. After a poor game against the Croats, the Barcelona midfielder failed to turn up to the party against Spain, drawing the irk of the Turkish fans in the process. The former was being booed by his own fans and it points out how disappointing he has been what he was needed most.