Welcome to the first edition of FutbolPulse’s power rankings of Europe’s top players for this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
Following each round of fixtures, we will rank the competition’s top 20 players based on form and performances so far.
The rankings will be based on consistency within the last few fixtures, hence why we did not start following the first round of matches. This way one-game wonders won’t be hitting the top of the rankings in order to establish a cross-tournament judgement.
Take a look to see if you agree with our selections, and if not, feel free to leave a comment telling us if we missed anyone out, or if certain players should be higher or lower, on with the rankings!
- Jordi Alba (Spain)
- Wayne Rooney (England)
- Ivan Perišić (Croatia)
- Jerome Boateng (Germany)
- Patrice Evra (France)
20 – Thomas Meunier (Belgium)
Although Belgium got off to a poor start in matchday one against Italy, Meunier played no part in that match, and when he came in against the Republic of Ireland he played an important part in two of their goals, and helped his team to keep their first clean sheet.
19 – Arkadiusz Milik (Poland)
Despite failing to have an impact against Germany in Poland’s second game of the tournament, his top-class performance and goal versus Northern Ireland in matchday one keep him in the rankings.
18 – Fabian Schär (Switzerland)
The 24-year-old centre-back has been absolutely key for Switzerland with them having not conceded from open-play so far this tournament, however he has also offered his services going forward, scoring the only goal in his team’s 1-0 win over Albania in their first match of the tournament.
17 – Shkodran Mustafi (Germany)
Despite only featuring in one game for the Germans so far, his performance in that game was stupendous, scoring a goal and also showing his fantastic defensive abilities, making him WhoScored‘s second-highest rated player so far.
16 – Vladimír Weiss (Slovakia)
Slovakia got off to a slow start in their opening 2-1 defeat to Wales, but soon bounced back in an emphatic victory over Russia which saw him play a part in both his team’s goals, getting one himself and assisting the other.
15 – Álvaro Morata (Spain)
Morata has only recently come in to the Spanish starting-XI, and he was a ghost in their opening game against Czech Republic leading to many questioning whether he would be able to perform at an international level, but his two goals versus Turkey quickly reinforced his rightfully-earned image as one of the best natural goal-scorers in world football.
14 – Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Although Belgium’s opening defeat to Italy led to many doubting them and Lukaku himself, the critics swiftly vanished after the 23-year-old striker played a part in all three of his side’s goals against the Republic of Ireland, netting two of them himself.
13 – Toni Kroos (Germany)
He may have been slightly less impactful in Germany’s match against Poland, but Kroos still ranks fairly highly in the current rankings because of his fantastic control play in the middle of the park, completing more passes (200, per Squawka) than anyone else in the tournament, and of course assisting his team’s opening goal against Ukraine.
12 – N’Golo Kanté (France)
Kante continues to play the role of the unsung hero that saw him flourish for Leicester City, and his energy and work-rate in the French midfield has made him pivotal to make his team tick.
11 – Ivan Rakitić (Croatia)
The Croatian midfielder often gets unnoticed at Barcelona because he is surrounded by superstars, but for his country his qualities stick out like a sore thumb. His beautiful chip finish against Czech Republic highlighted just how good he really is and capped off what has been a very classy start to his Euro 2016 campaign.
10 – Nolito (Spain)
Much like Álvaro Morata and the rest of the Spanish team, Nolito struggled to get a hold of his opening fixture versus Czech Republic, but on matchday two he absolutely wiped the floor with the Turkish defence in a fantastic attacking display seeing him pick up a goal and an assist.
9 – Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
Euro 2016 offered Bonucci an opportunity to prove himself as one of the best centre-backs in world football and so far he is doing exactly that. Crucial to Antonio Conte’s near enough indestructible 3-5-2, he is an absolute warrior, not to mention his assist versus Belgium.
8 – Gerard Piqué (Spain)
Pique continues to be key both offensively and defensively for Spain. Consistently contributing to the break down of opposition attacks he has played a huge part in Spain not conceding so far, and aside from his defensive duties, he scored the only goal in his team’s opening victory verus Czech Republic.
7 – Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Although competition for Neuer’s spot as the world’s best ‘keeper is ever-increasing, the German has had another fantastic tournament so far, and he continues to prove that he has more to his game than simply winning the ball at the half-way line.
6 – André Gomes (Portugal)
Probably the most eyebrow-raising pick in these rankings because of how uninspiring Portugal have been so far, however André Gomes has perhaps been the only bright spark for his country. Linked with a big-money move to the Premier League this summer, the 22-year-old midfielder has shown that he would be worth every penny.
5 – Marek Hamšík (Slovakia)
His performance against Wales in Slovakia’s opening fixture showed that given space in the final third he would be deadly, and when Russia failed to react to the signs he gave they were punished. He drove a ruthless attacking force in his team’s 2-1 victory, getting an assist and scoring what would have been the goal of the tournament so far, if it weren’t for…
4 – Luka Modrić (Croatia)
His volley against Turkey summarises everything that Luka Modric is about; technical perfection. In my opinion the best midfielder in the world, the Croatian’s brilliance is even more apparent in a team which I doubt would go very far without him. One of the most underrated players in the world, his quiet mastery has carried his team forward so far.
3 – Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
Iniesta has continued to do for Spain what he has been doing for years, and epitomises everything they aim to be. He has controlled both of Spain’s games so far and was crucial in building every attack they managed in their 3-0 victory over Turkey. To use an overused cliche, he is Spain’s metronome and is once more their key to their success.
2 – Gareth Bale (Wales)
One of the romantic stories of qualifying, and now the Euro 2016 tournament itself, the unlikely Wales are pushing to get through to the knockout stages and almost all of the credit can go to this man. The passion of the Welsh team is driven by Bale on and off the pitch, and aside from this, he is the tournament’s joint-top scorer.
1 – Dmitri Payet (France)
Fantastic season for West Ham, even better for France. The shining light in both of the host nation’s victories, and scoring an absolute belter in the dying embers of their first match to win his country the game, Dmitri Payet continues to show that he could well be one of the best players in Europe, or at least one of the best playmakers. The fact that he has completely out-shined teammates as good as Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann just goes to show how good he really is.