Euro 2016 Player Power Rankings after the Round of 16

So the round of 16 has come to a close and the number of teams remaining is halved.

As teams start to drop off there are some big movements near the top of the rankings; now begins the time to decide whether certain players deserve to keep their spot in the top 20, or whether they crash out with their countries.

Dropping Out:

  • Álvaro Morata (Spain)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
  • Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungary)
  • Nolito (Spain)
  • Gerard Piqué (Spain)

Honourable Mentions:

  • Julian Draxler (Germany)
  • Graziano Pellè (Italy)
  • James Chester (Wales)
  • Toby Alderweireld (Belgium)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
  • Kári Árnason (Iceland)

20 – Nani (Portugal)

Deviation: -4

Struggled to make an impact against Croatia in what was probably the most boring game of the tournament so far.

19 – Ivan Rakitić (Croatia)

Deviation: -5

Croatia looked a shadow of the team they were in the group stages as they crashed out of the competition after losing to Portugal. Rakitic was one of the players his country needed to make the difference for them, and unfortunately he wasn’t able to do so.

18 – Aaron Ramsey (Wales)

Deviation: -1

Didn’t really feature much in a very tight affair versus Northern Ireland, could be very important in Wales’ quarter-final match-up with Belgium.

17 – Radja Nainggolan (Belgium)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Having scored the winner against Sweden last week, Nainggolan kept up his form against Hungary, picking up an assist and acting as the glue holding together the Belgian midfield, giving the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard the opportunity to enjoy the freedom they thrive in.

16 – Mario Gómez (Germany)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Gomez collected his second goal of the competition with a neat finish in what was a solid performance against Slovakia.

15 – Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Scoring his second goal in as many games, Kuba was Poland’s key outlet as they beat Switzerland. He has been crucial to his country in the absence of Robert Lewandowski’s form.

14 – Marek Hamšík (Slovakia)

Deviation: -9

Was unable to prevent his side getting torn apart by Germany, stays in the rankings thanks to his performances early on, but will likely drop out by the tournament’s completion.

13 – Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Deviation: -9

Was unable to make a difference as Croatia lost to Portugal.

12 – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

De Bruyne continues to prove that he might just be the best playmaker in the world at the moment as he picked up two assists against Hungary, making him the tournament’s joint-top assist maker.

11 – Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

Deviation: 0

Another solid but unspectacular performance for Italy as he helped his side keep another clean sheet against Spain.

10 – Ivan Perišić (Croatia)

Deviation: -1

Similar story to that of Luka Modric, his lack of influence in a boring display sees him drop slightly, considering he was Croatia’s main source of attack. They failed to register a shot on target in the entire 120 minutes of game time.

9 – Andrés Iniesta (Spain)

Deviation: -6

It’s all well and good being the driving force behind a 3-0 win over Turkey, but when Spain really needed Iniesta to make the difference against Italy he failed, and they were knocked out.

8 – André Gomes (Portugal)

Deviation: -2

Was part of a Portugal side who were all entirely average but managed to scrape through to the next round.

7 – Antoine Griezmann (France)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Griezmann managed to do what many star players have failed to do in the last couple of weeks: grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, put his team on his shoulders when they were losing, and dragged them into the next round with a fantastic brace, making him the competition’s joint-top scorer. A true superstar.

6 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Deviation: +2

The first of last week’s top 20 to actually move up in the rankings, Ronaldo didn’t exactly steal the show against Croatia, nobody did, but he popped up when it really mattered and created the goal which sent his team into the quarter-finals.

5 – Toni Kroos (Germany)

Deviation: +9

Kroos is one of the best midfielders in the world and that showed against Slovakia. He may only have one assist under his belt, but he has completed 402 passes so far, at least 39 more than anyone else in the competition (per Squawka). Everything Germany does goes through him, yet he manages to make the game look so easy.

4 – Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Deviation: +14

It’s quite clear that Hazard has finally returned to the fantastic form he showed at Chelsea the season-before-last. He was absolutely spectacular against Hungary, and he is now the joint-top assist maker in the tournament, as well as being the joint-second highest scorer. A truly fantastic player, in truly fantastic form.

3 – Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Deviation: +4

He may not have had too much to do against Slovakia, but when he did have to make a save he did it with ease. Having Manuel Neuer between the sticks acts as such a calming presence for the German defence, and let’s not forget he is the only ‘keeper to play four games, and keep four clean sheets.

2 – Dimitri Payet (France)

Deviation: -1

For the first time since the tournament started, Dmitri Payet is not at the top of our rankings. That’s not to say he isn’t playing well, because he is still putting in solid performances every game, however, someone else is just edging him in terms of final product…

1 – Gareth Bale (Wales)

Deviation: +1

Despite Wales’ game versus Northern Ireland being the first in which Bale hasn’t scored, he still managed to create the cross which caused the only goal to send Wales through. Bale is showing that he really is up there with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the best players on the planet, and it’s clear he has no problem coping with the pressure of carrying his team through. Fantastic.