Euro 2016 is now well underway and it’s been a tournament of unexpected triumphs, heartbreaking defeats and seemingly endless drama!
In fact, it’s been impossible to predict the Euro 2016 odds any one team has of claiming the ultimate glory.
The event has brought together the cream of the continent’s footballing elite, and although some stars are missing due to injury or internal team conflicts, all-in-all we’ve enjoyed an impressive display of footballing prowess.
So, now the group stages are over, which players have really stood out on the pitch? We have joined together with 888 Casino to name our top six performers so far.
This Swiss midfielder has an impressive 89% passing accuracy on an average of some 105 per game, and is best known right now for his recent move to Arsenal.
In their match against France, the entire Swiss played with discipline and maturity, Granit Xhaka taking care of his area throughout. In fact, he’s stood out in all of his team’s games during this tournament.
Aaron Ramsey is another Arsenal player, although the Welshman has a lot more time under his belt than teammate Granit Xhaka. Putting in powerful, fast performances, in this tournament Ramsey has claimed two assists and a goal. Some expert dribbling saw him deliver the ball into the Slovakian box – helping it on its way to a winning goal. He also walked away with the title of Man of the Match when Wales stormed to a 3-0 victory against Russia.
With an incredible 99% pass accuracy in a match against Northern Ireland, German Mesut Ozil truly is his team’s not-so-secret weapon. Although he missed a penalty during the Germany / Slovakia game, Ozil is yet another Arsenal player with unmistakable talent and great dedication to the team.
Ronaldo has been playing a somewhat anxious game during Euro16, taking seemingly endless shots and looking stressed a lot of the time. Despite this, the 31-year-old Portuguese forward remains one of the very best players in the tournament. The Real Madrid player’s two-goal performance against Hungary was instrumental in allowing his national team to progress from Group F.
Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets is one of the most underrated players of our time. He diligently protects his team’s midfield, sparks fast-footed attacks time after time and defensively prevents counter-attacks.
Kevin De Bruyne
Belgian player Kevin De Bruyne can provide a backbone of support and opportunities for his entire team when he’s allowed the chance to do so. The Manchester City midfielder no doubt has his heart set on a place in the final given Belgium’s aggressive 4-0 victory against Hungary. Consistently underrated by managers and pundits alike, De Bruyne’s ship may be about to come in, just so long as Marc Wilmots has the wisdom to keep him in that number 10 slot.
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