Final Euro 2016 Player Power Rankings

So Euro 2016 has come to a close, with Portugal taking the title in what was probably one of the most forgettable major international tournaments in history.

After the Portuguese and the French made their way through the semifinals, knocking out Wales and Germany respectively, the former eventually won the trophy in a rather dull 1-0 victory. With the end of the tournament comes the final version of our player power rankings, taking into account both the semifinals and the final.

20 – Mario Gómez (Germany)

Deviation: -1

The forward was injured for the semifinal, which his side lost to France, with Thomas Muller taking his place in the German line-up.

19 – Olivier Giroud (France)

Deviation: -1

Didn’t really do anything in the semifinal versus Germany, and was easily out-battled by the Portuguese in the final.

18 – Radja Nainggolan (Belgium)

Deviation: -3

Belgium were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Wales so, of course, he drops in the rankings.

17 – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Deviation: -3

Same story as Nainggolan.

16 – Leandro Bonucci (Italy)

Deviation: -3

Italy were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Germany, but he has been one of the best defenders of the tournament.

15 – Ivan Perišić (Croatia)

Deviation: -3

The fact that he hasn’t featured since the round of 16 yet keeps his place in the rankings is a testament to how well he did in the competition’s early stages.

14 – Rui Patrício (Portugal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Probably the final’s man of the match, it is hard to see how Portugal would have made it this far without him.

13 – Pepe (Portugal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Having been solid throughout the competition, Pepe really took his game to the next level when his country needed him most, and managed to keep his infamously high temper and dramatic behaviour under lock.

12 – Moussa Sissoko (France)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

France’s best player by a country mile in the final, and played a key role in his country’s victory over Germany. Having performed so well in the latter stages of the tournament, Newcastle have set his price tag at £35million.

11 – Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY

Not only did he play a major part in his country keeping so many clean sheets, but he also stepped up to the plate when Portugal moved forward, picking up an assist versus Wales and unluckily hitting the woodwork in the final.

10 – Aaron Ramsey (Wales)

Deviation: -2

Wales were clearly missing Ramsey in the semi-final, proving how key he was to their success.

9 – Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Deviation: -5

Hasn’t participated since the quarterfinals.

8 – Paul Pogba (France)

Deviation: +1

Although he did seem to go missing in the final, part of the blame for that can be attributed to the fact that he wasn’t in his preferred role, sitting much deeper than he had done when he really showed his quality against Germany as a typical box-to-box midfielder.

7 – Toni Kroos (Germany)

Deviation: -1

Kroos was perhaps Germany’s only bright spark in their semifinal loss to France, but was still unable to have any impact on the outcome of the match.

6 – Nani (Portugal)

Deviation: +10

After scoring his third goal of the tournament in the semifinal, Nani was fantastic again versus France when he took the captaincy of the team after Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with injury, and had to play most of the game as a lone striker.

5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Deviation: +2

Had a fantastic game against Wales but was extremely unfortunate in picking up THAT injury in the final.

4 – Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Deviation: -1

Having been superb throughout the tournament, Neuer conceded his second and third goals of the competition against France, making a pretty poor error for the second one too.

3 – Gareth Bale (Wales)

Deviation: -1

Was very quiet against Portugal as Wales were knocked out of the semifinal, but there is no denying he has been one of the stars of the tournament.

2 – Dimitri Payet (France)

Deviation: -1

Although he didn’t really do anything in either of France’s last two games, he was undoubtedly one of the players of the competition, and has given everyone something to look forward to for the upcoming Premier League season.

1 – Antoine Griezmann (France)

Deviation: +4

After a relatively slow start to the tournament, Griezmann really showed that he is in fact one of the world’s best as he dragged France to a historic victory over Germany, making him the second-highest goalscorer in European Championship history. Unfortunately, he was unable to push his team over the finish line.