Euro 2016 Player Power Rankings after Matchday 3

With the end of the third round of matches and group stages comes our next edition of the Euro 2016 Player Power Rankings, and a whole host of new entries to the rankings.

As it’s still early days the movement of players up and down the rankings may seem unjust, but as the tournament progresses this should become less common.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Nikola Kalinić (Croatia)
  • Arkadiusz Milik (Poland)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

20 – Álvaro Morata (Spain)

Deviation: -5

After an impressive performance in matchday 2 against Turkey, he failed to make an impact for Spain in their disappointing loss to Croatia. Moves down significantly to make room for new entries.

19 – Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Deviation: -5

The big Belgian follows the same story as Morata, has made an impact for his team but inconsistently, was quiet against Sweden.

18 – Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

After picking up two assists in Belgium’s last two games, it’s no coincidence that his country’s lift in form comes in parallel with Hazard’s. While it could be arguable that the likes of Lukaku and Morata should still be ahead of him, we try to ensure that more recent fixtures are more significant.

17 – Aaron Ramsey (Wales)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Ramsey picked up his first goal of the tournament and his second assist against Russia, meaning he has now made the joint-most assists in the tournament.

16 – Nani (Portugal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Having picked up his second goal of the tournament against Hungary, the Portuguese trickster enters the rankings, could end up being very important for his country as the tournament progresses.

15 – Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

After looking dangerous in the first couple of matches, the Hungary captain finally managed to pull off the final product with two deflected goals in his side’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal, seeing his team top Group F.

14 – Toni Kroos (Germany)

Deviation: -1

Kroos continues to keep Germany ticking in midfield, although he doesn’t contribute massively in terms of goals and assists, he is vital to his side.

13 – Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

Deviation: -4

Italy’s captain in their loss to Ireland, Bonucci hasn’t particularly underperformed in the last couple of matches, but he hasn’t exactly dazzled, his drop is mostly as a result of new entries.

12 – Ivan Rakitić (Croatia)

Deviation: 0

Although he didn’t play a massive role in Croatia’s victory against Spain, he almost scored one of the goals of the tournament with a long-range chip that ricocheted off the bar, and his impact in the previous two fixtures sees him keep his place.

11 – Nolito (Spain)

Deviation: 0

The Manchester City target had little impact against Croatia, but he keeps his place thanks to his sensational performance in the previous match.

10 – Gerard Piqué (Spain)

The Spaniard keeps his spot as the best defender in the competition despite not keeping a clean sheet versus Croatia.

9 – Ivan Perišić (Croatia)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

One of last week’s honourable mentions, Perišić becomes Croatia’s third player in the rankings following another impressive performance seeing him act as the spearhead for his country’s attack in their win versus Spain.

8 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Having been heavily criticised in his first two games, the Cristiano Ronaldo we’re all used to came back with a bang. Scoring two typical Ronaldo goals, a back-heel flick and a leaping header, he also picked up an assist in one of the best individual performances the tournament has seen so far.

7 – Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Deviation: 0

The German was barely troubled against Northern Ireland, and retains his place in the rankings.

6 – André Gomes (Portugal)

Deviation: 0

Another game for Portugal where Gomes plays fantastic but goes unnoticed. Despite not directly contributing to any of Portugal’s three goals, he was still crucial in building attacks and preventing counters.

5 – Marek Hamšík (Slovakia)

Deviation: 0

Rarely given a chance to make any sort of impact against England so it would be harsh to drop him down, he’ll be hoping to get a bit more space and freedom in Slovakia’s upcoming game against Germany.

4 – Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Deviation: 0

An unused substitute against Spain, expect to see him back in action and starring as usual against Portugal.

3 – Andrés Iniesta (Spain)

Deviation: 0

Disappointing performance against Croatia but his impact on Spain’s positive performances so far is unquestionable.

2 – Gareth Bale (Wales)

Deviation: 0

With another stellar performance against Russia, he’s really pushing for the top spot in the rankings, if he has a good game against Northern Ireland next week he might just edge it, however he’s still unable to displace…

1 – Dmitri Payet (France)

Deviation: 0

Despite starting on the bench against Switzerland, when he came on in the 62nd minute he was still quite clearly France’s best player, hitting the bar with what could have been the goal of the tournament so far.