We will all surely miss the excitement the European Championships has brought to us for the past 1 month, and it wouldn’t hurt to reflect on some of the unforgettable players that made watching the tournament worthwhile. Putting their performances during the closing rounds into much consideration, here is the Euros 2016 team of the tournament.
Portugal’s Rui Patricio was no doubt great, but Manuel Neur was definitely the best goalie in France. The Bayern Munich shot stopper kept 4 clean sheets (same as the Portuguese) and made physics-defying saves over and over again. He conceded only 3 goals in 6 games, with 2 of them coming from the spot.
GUERREIRO. BOTAENG. PEPE. KIMMICH
Former Lorient left back, Rafael Guerreiro was a constant threat against opposition whenever he made his dashes forward, and he supplied beautiful crosses into the box everytime. The freekick expert wasn’t able to shine through set pieces as Ronaldo took the responsibility upon himself and squandered all the chances. Dortmund were wise enough to snatch him up before the Euros. His teammate, Pepe was also solid rock at the heart of the Portuguese defence, and didn’t only provide great cover for Rui Patricio but also connected well with the midfield. Only Kroos completed more passes than Jerome Boateng in France, and the defender was the missing piece for Germany when he got injured against the host in the semis. At right back, the 21-year-old Munich player was excellent despite getting thrown into the fray later on in the knockout stages. He was definitely one of the best youngsters we saw in France.
SISSOKO. KROOS. SANCHEZ
Newcastle star, Sissoko displaced Kante in France starting 11 after replacing him for the quarters due to suspension. He put up impressive performances in the semis and finals and has definitely increased his value as his search for a new club continues. Kroos completed 643 passes in France and was always in tune for Germany. Unfortunately, he couldn’t help but watch his side crash out in the semis at the hands of the hosts. Portuguese youngster, Renato Sanchez emerged as the young player of the tournament and was no doubt a revelation. After sitting out of the first and second games and coming in as a substitute in the following 2 games, the coach decided to stick with him as a starter until the finals, and he was extraordinary despite his young age.
RONALDO. GRIEZMANN. BALE
The La Liga trio lit up the tournament with their performances. Despite not performing up to his standard, Ronaldo was able to lead his side to victory, and was exceptional during the semifinals against Wales and earlier on in the last group game as his side battled Hungary in a 3 – 3 draw. His club teammate, Bale led Wales as far as the semis in their 2nd ever outing after 58 years. With 3 goals and spectacular displays in his 6 games, the former Tottenham star was one of the standout stars in France. Golden boot winner and player of the tournament, Antoine Griezmann was definitely the best player for France and in France at the tournament.