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Euro 2016: The Men Who Lit Up The Eiffel (T-Z)


This is the concluding part of our look at the men who dazzled and amazed at the just concluded Euro 2016.

Interested in who made A-S? Check out our recent posts to see if your favourite player made the cut.

Let’s start from where we stopped…

Toni Kroos
The player with the besting passing accuracy and range all tournament. You
would be forgiven for thinking Xavi Hernandez was German. He completed a staggering 91% of his passes. Majority of which started a German attack. Either when playing in their regular 4-2-3-1 or the strange 4-4-2 or the transitional 3-4-2-1, Kroos fitted into all systems and you wouldn’t be wrong if you asked why Madrid wanted to get rid of such a technical expert.

Samuel Umtiti
Barcelona’s latest acquisition was just as
excellent as the last they acquired during the European Championship. Making his debut in the Quarter finals of the competition, The 22-year old cemented his place and so much trusted he was, that the French manager stuck with him for the remainder of the tournament. His calmness and composure was the perfect foil for Laurent Koscielny’s all action style. Its no surprise Les Cules forked out just under $30million to heal and secure the future of their ailing defence.

Vicente del Bosque
Not the most spectacular manager, Don Del Bosque managed to spice the tournament in his own little way. While the remains of whatever was left of Spain’s tiki taka were buried. Their 50% win ratio made it look like they had done so well. His faith in David de Gea despite the allegations levied against the Manchester United goalkeeper was commendable, One which led to the fracturing of his relationship with Iker
Casillas. Take that singular act of goodness from the Don and you would wonder if he was the one who led Spain in what was their most glorious era in football.

Axel Witsel
He is who Marouane Fellaini wishes he was. The Zenit midfielder along with
Radja Naingolan, were among the few Belgians who left France with their heads held high. He is most certain to follow Andre Villas boas and Hulk out the door at the Petrovsky stadium. He however does so a very much better player than he arrived from Benfica. He doesn’t only carry an afro, this one carries brains with it and a wonderful technique to boot. He can score both with his head and his feet and he proved much so for Belgium at the Euros. He was virtuoso in all of Belgium’s wins and could hardly be blamed for any Welsh goal in their 3-1 loss.

Granit Xhaka
Two man of the match awards in four games tell the perfect tale of Taulant
Xhaka’s younger brother. The $40million Arsenal man was a rock in all of his nations games. The odd miss apart, Granit showed he was worth the amount Arsene Wenger spent on him and has left his new club fans excited at the prospect of him teaming up with another euro star; Aaron Ramsey.

Aaron RamseY
The best Welsh player at the Euros, Ramsey set up 4goals and scored 1 himself, contributing more goals than Gareth Bale in the process, in what was Wales first ever European championship. He was sorely missed in the semi-final against Portugal and his suspension was heavily criticized by fans who felt he was being denied his glorious moment in football. His assist for Robson-Kanu set the tone for what would be the Welsh fairytale has he got on the scoresheet himself against Russia before turning thebBelgium game on its head in the Quarter finals. Arsenal fans were left wondering why he was never consistent in an Arsenal shirt.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The legend who was expected to lead his side to the latter stages but led them to one point with just one shot all tournament to boot. Zlatan quickly retired internationally and has declared he will soon be called a god in Manchester. He rarely learns. Does he?

About Author
Tosin Adesina is an ideal young man, a soccer aficionado. He prefers being called Fijasewa Arogunyo because that’s who the world would grow to know. He is a disciple of Pep Guardiola, a follower of Jurgen Klopp, a lover of Jose Mourinho, an admirer of Cholo Simeone, a fanatic of Carlo Ancelotti and an avid fan of Antonio Conte. You can connect with him on Twitter @teetunez

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