As Iceland’s dream came to a close after France showed everybody what they’re capable of, we saw Wales pull out a shock victory over Belgium, while Germany and Portugal filled up the other semi-final spaces.
The end of the competition is on the horizon, and with it will come the final update of our Euro 2016 Player Power Rankings. But for now, here are the current standings.
- Ivan Rakitić (Croatia)
- Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)
- Marek Hamšík (Slovakia)
- Mats Hummels (Germany)
- Neil Taylor (Wales)
- Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales)
- Blaise Matuidi (France)
- Moussa Sissoko (France)
20 – Ashley Williams (Wales)
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Wales’ captain has been key to their success this tournament and that showed against Belgium, scoring his side’s equaliser to bring them back into the game as well as commanding them from the back stupendously.
19 – Mario Gomez (Germany)
Not to say that Gomez had a particularly poor game against Italy, he just failed to make his mark before his substitution in the 72nd minute.
18 – Olivier Giroud (France)
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The Frenchman proved all his doubters wrong against Iceland, picking up his second and third goals of the tournament, as well as an assist in what was a stellar performance.
17 – Luka Modrić (Croatia)
The Croatian midfielder continues to fall in the rankings after his country were knocked out in the previous round.
16 – Nani (Portugal)
Having dropped by four places last week, Nani goes back up the rankings after picking up the crucial assist for Portugal’s equaliser versus Poland.
15 – Radja Nainggolan (Belgium)
Despite the fact that his team were knocked out by Wales, Nainggolan still managed to pick up another goal, and what a goal it was.
14 – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
Unfortunately for Belgium, the Welsh defence were able to prevent De Bruyne from having any impact on the match.
13 – Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
Despite scoring Italy’s equaliser, Bonucci missed his penalty in the shoot-out as his country crashed out of the competition.
12 – Ivan Perišić (Croatia)
Much like teammate Modric, he continues to drop in the rankings as he is no longer in the tournament.
11 – Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
Despite Spain being knocked out in the Round of 16, it’s hard to forget the impact Iniesta had in the early rounds.
10 – André Gomes (Portugal)
Unfortunately, Gomes was injured and therefore unable to play against Poland, but he will be hoping to be back for Portugal’s semi-final face-off with Wales.
9 – Paul Pogba (France)
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Pogba has been knocking on the door of our top-20 for weeks, and has finally made his way in after a superb performance against Iceland. Not only did he get himself a goal, but he completed 95 passes with just 108 touches of the ball (per WhoScored).
8 – Aaron Ramsey (Wales)
What a performance Ramsey gave against Belgium. He picked up two assists, but that aside he completely bossed the midfield. He will be disappointed to miss the semi-final due to his suspension, but if he can keep reproducing that type of performance in the 2016/17 Premier League season, he could prove himself as one of the best midfielders in the league.
7 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Didn’t really make an impact against Poland. He did score his penalty in the shootout, but he was unable to really get a grip on the game.
6 – Toni Kroos (Germany)
Italy were able to stifle Kroos’ impact on the game by preventing him from controlling the game with his passing range. He will need a better performance against France.
5 – Antoine Griezmann (France)
After he scored two against the Republic of Ireland, there were questions over whether Griezmann would be able to recreate that sort of performance, but he certainly did. A goal and two assist made him my pick for man of the match versus Iceland. The tournament’s topscorer now, he will be hoping he can keep up his form and take his country to a Euro 2016 win.
4 – Eden Hazard (Belgium)
Although Belgium were knocked out and actually had very little attacking opportunity, Hazard was still able to pick up an assist, and therefore keeps his place in fourth.
3 – Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Despite conceding his first goal of the tournament, Neuer made some crucial stops in the game to keep his team in it, and saved two penalties in the shoot-out to help send Germany through to the semifinals.
2 – Gareth Bale (Wales)
Wales showed that they don’t need Bale’s direct impact to win, however it can’t be denied that he contributed in the sense that Belgium were so focused on stopping Bale that the rest of the Welsh team were able to win their country a historic semifinal place.
1 – Dimitri Payet (France)
After a week off the top-spot for the first time, Payet clearly wanted to get back to his rightful place. A goal and an assist for the Frenchman see him return to the top of the rankings as he heads into a huge semifinal clash with Germany.