On June 11 in Rome, the Italy-Turkey match will give the start of the European Championship. At the main football forum of the year, not only teams will fight for titles, but also players, competing in person and in absentia with each other for the title of the most productive, useful, valuable. Due to a solid age for sports standards, for many of those who are called among the main contenders for the title of the first star of the European championship, this tournament can become a swan song in national teams. And they will all strive to put a beautiful end to their career in the national team. MK tells about those players who have the right to count on the title of the best player of Euro 2020.
Robert LEWANDOWSKI (Poland)
The 32-year-old super-productive forward of Bayern Munich, who, despite his solid dimensions, also possesses outstanding technique, is one of the most formidable strikers on the planet. But in the rather rich track record of the owner of the Golden Boot -2021 one gap remains – there are no noticeable successes in the national team. The Poles are not among the main favorites of the Euro, but at the 2016 European Championship the White-Reds made it to the playoffs for the first time in history, reaching the quarterfinals. It is not a fact that at the current Euro, the Poles will be able to surpass or at least repeat that achievement, but there is no doubt that it is Robert who will play the role of the first violin in this team.
Artem DZYUBA (Russia)
Artem Sergeevich will turn 33 at the end of the summer, and although the big forwards often play for a long time, most likely this Euro will become Dziuba’s swan song in the national team. The Zenit striker is the main striking force of the Russians in attack and was the first to lead on the field and in the locker room. Being the most productive player of his national team, he manages to perform a huge amount of work, and it was he, along with Igor Akinfeev, who was recognized as the best in the Russian national team at the home world championship, where Stanislav Cherchesov’s team reached the quarterfinals 3 years ago.
Cristiano RONALDO (Portugal)
The reigning European champion and the undisputed leader of the Portuguese national team is already 36, and it is unlikely that after Euro 2020 we will still see KriRo wearing a national team jersey at a major tournament. The holder of all conceivable and inconceivable records at the club level, on account of which 5 victorious Champions League finals and multiple recognition as the best player in the world, until the previous Euro could not boast only of the title won with the national team. But 5 years ago in France, Cristiano also closed this target, leading his team to victory at the European Championship.
Ronaldo has played over 150 matches for the national team and is not only its top scorer, but also the most productive European player at the national team level in history. This European Championship will already be the 9th major tournament for him, and in each of the previous 8 he certainly distinguished by goals scored. The season ended at Juventus turned out to be quite difficult for Cristiano, and the Turin fans did not skimp on critical arrows in his address, but the striker remains in excellent shape and regularly hits the opponents’ goal.
Killian MBAPPE (France)
The fastest, one of the most expensive and definitely one of the most gifted strikers of our time, unlike the rest of the participants in our rating, is still very young. He is only 22 years old, but he already has 11 titles won in France, and, more importantly, the title of world champion, obtained from the French national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where Kilian was recognized as the best young player.
With all the richness of Didier Deschamps’ choice in the attacking line, Mbappé is one of the few players who may not worry about his place in the starting lineup. Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann can remain on the bench, but not he. Given that the French are considered one of the main contenders for victory at Euro 2020, the chances of the swift striker PSG for the title of the best player in the Euro are quite high.
Gareth Bale (Wales)
The story of the 31-year-old Welshman is reminiscent of the career path of the already mentioned Robert Lewandowski. The flank attacking footballer has played in serious clubs and amassed a decent collection of titles and cups, but, as the main star of the Wales national team, did not achieve significant success in the national team. Bale has enviable physical data and amazing speed, and, like the Pole, it is still too early for him to think about hanging boots on a nail. But, perhaps, there will be no more opportune moment to shoot from the national team.
At Euro 2016, where the Welsh were the rivals of the Russians in the group stage and defeated our team with a score of 3: 0, the Welsh national team reached the semifinals, in which they lost to the Portuguese led by Cristiano Ronaldo. But the “dragons” failed to develop that success. Qualification for the 2018 World Cup was overwhelmed, and the team did not make it to the final stage of the tournament. Bale is undoubtedly the main hope of the Welsh fans at the start of the Euro. If his team is hardly capable of competing for the championship title, then Gareth for the title of the most valuable player in the tournament, with a successful coincidence, is quite.
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