France and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been named as the Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament by UEFA’stechnical observers after finishing with six goals and two assists, the UEFA website announced on Monday, the day afterPortugal won the competition.
The 25-year-old scored six goals and had two assists in France. He scored both goals in France’s 2-0 semi-final win
against Germany, having also struck twice to spark Les Bleus’ 2-1 comeback victory against the Republic of Ireland in
the round of 16.
UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu who led the panel that selected the team said: “Antoine Griezmann was a threat
in every game he played. He works hard for his team and possesses technique, vision and quality finishing. The technical
observers were in unanimous agreement that he was the tournament’s outstanding player.”
Griezmann was selected by UEFA’s 13-strong panel of technical observers, also including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alain
Giresse, David Moyes, Packie Bonner, Mixu Paatelainen, Savo Milošević, Peter Rudbæk, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Schaaf,
Jean-François Domergue, Ginés Meléndez and Jean-Paul Brigger.
The technical observers made their decision by pinpointing the player who shone brightest individually and as part of
his team, and whose overall contribution had a major impact on his side’s performances.
Portugal’s Renato Sanches, 18, was named the Young Player of the Tournament.
Meanwhile the official Team of the Tournament has been released and it has a couple of English Premier league players.
Wales midfielders Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey have both been named in UEFA’s team of the tournament for Euro 2016.
Liverpool’s Allen, aged 26, and Arsenal star Ramsey, aged 25, are recognised by European football’s governing body after playing instrumental roles in Chris Coleman’s side reaching the semi-finals of the competition.
They are joined in the team of the tournament lineup by a third and final Premier League player. West Ham United’s attacking midfielder Dimtri Payet is one of two representatives from hosts France, along with six-goal golden boot winner Antoine Griezmann.
Winners Portugal have goalkeeper Rui Patricio, left-back Raphael Guerriero, centre-back Pepe and forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the team.
The final three players are provided by semi-finalists Germany. Right-back Joshua Kimmich, centre-back Jerome Boateng and midfielder Tony Kroos make the cut.