Gareth Bale not selected in UEFA's Team of the Tournament

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Almost as soon as the final whistle is blown to mark the end of another major international competition, a giant can of worms is opened regarding who should be selected in the team of the tournament.

It is practically impossible to please everyone by choosing just 11 players who have stood out over the last four weeks and most fans have almost become accustomed to seeing the odd surprising inclusion and omission.

However, this time UEFA have truly outdone themselves with one glaringly obvious star not selected.

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For Wales, Euro 2016 will go down in folklore as one of their best performances at a major competition as they stunned the rest of the continent to reach the semi-finals, only to lose to the eventual winners Portugal.

At the start of June, some Welsh fans would have been forgiven for thinking that even exiting their group would be an achievement but Chris Coleman's men surpassed all expectations to become a serious contender to win the tournament.

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While much of Wales' success was put down to their collective team effort, a few key men stood out above the rest.

Ashley Williams led the team admirably, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey formed a dynamic midfield partnership and even Hal Robson-Kanu scored a goal that will live long in the memory as he Cruyff-turned his way past three Belgian defenders and found the back of the net in the quarter-finals.

However, it was Gareth Bale who really stole the show.

Being the main hope of a nation is no easy task - just ask Wayne Rooney - but three goals in the group stage, including two storming free kicks, made it a tournament to remember for the Galactico.

Wales v Slovakia - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

If that wasn't enough to catch UEFA's eye, Bale's constant hard work, enthusiasm and willingness to shoot from just about anywhere made most think he was an almost certainty to get picked in the team of the tournament.

But UEFA being UEFA, nothing is a certainty and subsequently Bale missed the final cut.

Ramsey and Allen were both picked as part of a five-man midfield that also included Toni Kroos, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet but there wasn't any room for Bale.

Although Portugal were crowned the winners, Cristiano Ronaldo had a mixed tournament and only really got going in the epic 3-3 draw against Hungary, where he scored a brace to keep his nation in the tournament.

Nevertheless, he was chosen ahead of his Real Madrid teammate and Twitter reacted in typically explosive fashion.

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