Despite the fact that football is a team sport,it is often dominated by individual performances and more often than not,the form of ‘certain individuals’ decide the fate of their respective teams.These ‘certain individuals’ have a massive impact on their team and teammates.Some of them score goals from unscorable angles while some them bamboozle the opponent with their magic in the midfield.Some of them stop the unstoppable while some of them defend till they fall but there is one thing similar in each one of them.They all inspire other with their flair and persona.After all,these individuals make this sport worth loving.
So,here we are with the ‘Top 15 Players of Euro 2016‘ :
The talismanic Portuguese is the best player in the world along with Lionel Messi.He recently had his hands on the Champions Trophy and his hands would be itching to get on a trophy with his National Team.
Cristiano had a terrific season for Real Madrid where he scored 51 goals in 48 games across competitions along with 14 assists.
Robert Lewandowski was in his form of life in the 2015/16 season for Bayern Munich where he helped the team to complete a domestic double.He scored 42 goals in 51 games across competitions and his scoring prowess will be vital to Poland’s chances of advancing to the next round.
Wales qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1958 much of it is credited to the astonishing form of Gareth Bale who found the back of the net 7 times during the qualifiers.The Real Madrid star was also in a fine nick of form for his club where he scored 19 times and assisting 15 times in a total of 31 games.
Zlatan has a larger than life personality and is still one of the best strikers in the world despite being on the wrong side of the 30s.He recently had his best season for Paris Saint-Germain where he scored 50 goals in 51 appearances.He was also clinical for Swedish national team in the qualifiers where he scored 9 of the 19 Swedish goals.
Antoine Griezmann was a revelation for Atletico Madrid.He was their best player in what was a trophyless season for the Los Rojiblancos.He scored a total of 32 goals in 54 appearances and was instrumental in Atletico’s road to the finals of the Champions League.
Harry Kane took the world by storm in the 2014/15 season when he scored the second most number of goals in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspurs.The Spurs star proved in the subsequent season that he was no one-season wonder as he romped his way to clinching the Premier League Golden Boot award.And England would be expecting Kane to deliver similar performances and lead them through the Euros.
At 23,Paul Pogba is certainly the most exciting youngster in the world.Coming as a free transfer to Juventus from Manchester United,he has come a long way with all the major clubs showing interest in him.He had a cracking season where he was involved in 26 goals in 49 appearances.France will be rooting for him when he dons the French jersey in Euros.
Magician is the word which comes to my mind when I first hear the name-Mesut Ozil.He performed exceedingly well for Arsenal in the Premier League as he etched his name in the record books as he equalled the record of the most number of assists in a single Premier League season.The whole nation of Germany will be praying for the magic to continue.
Toni Kroos has proved himself at Bundesliga,Liga BBVA and as well as for his national team.He may not seem the most dangerous but is certainly a threat to the opposition.At 26,he has already won everything that is there to win except for the Euros and would be raring to give it a go when he comes out to the field donning the German jersey.
From being labelled as the ‘worst signing of the 2012/13 season’ to being the midfield mainstay of Real Madrid,Luka Modric has come a long way.Meanwhile,he has also added two Champions trophy to his cabinet.And I am sure there’s plenty of space for a trophy with Croatia.Entering the competition as dark horses,Croatia would need Modric at his very best if they are to stake a claim on the Euros.
Andres Iniesta is widely regarded as a modern-day great who plies his trade in the midfield.He has been prolific over the years for his club FC Barcelona and for Spain.He must be confident coming into the Euros as he helped Barcelona clinch a domestic double.
Kevin Du Bryne
Kevin Du Bryne belongs to the ‘golden generation’ of Belgian football.He along with Eden Hazard forms the core of the midfield and was in some exceptional form in the 2015/16 edition as he amassed 16 goals and 15 assists for Manchester City.Belgian fans would be hoping that he carries the same form into the Euros.
Manuel Neuer has been the best goalkeeper around for some time now.Much of the success of Bayern Munich and Germany can be attributed to this man who is once again coming into the Euros on the back of a tremendous season for his club where he had 29 clean sheets out of a total of 51 games.
By the time Buffon retires,he will go down as one of the greatest goalkeepers to ever grace the game.He is a legend in every right and would be hoping to clinch the continental title in what could be his international swansong.He had an incredible season with Juventus where he achieved the feat of not conceding a single goal for a whopping 974 minutes.
Besides being one of the best defenders in the world,Sergio Ramos is an inspirational leader.He is also one of the highest goal-scorers while playing from a defending position.Having just won the Champions League,Ramos will be vital to the title defence campaign of Spain in the Euros.