Antoine Griezmann named player of Euro 2016

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Antoine Griezmann may have lost the Euro 2016 final against Portugal but he won't be leaving his native country empty handed.

Not only did the striker win the Golden Boot, scoring six goals in seven games for Les Bleus but he has now been named the Player of the Tournament by UEFA.

Along with a massively enhanced reputation and a good argument for a hefty pay rise, the Atletico Madrid star can claim to have had a rather fruitful summer, even if France couldn't get themselves over the line.

UEFA have announced: "France forward Antoine Griezmann has been named as the UEFA EURO 2016 Player of the Tournament by UEFA's team of technical observers.

"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."


Griezmann beat a host of potential candidates to the award with Dimitri Payet, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Mesut Ozil staking a reasonable claim.

But Griezmann's six goals and two assists meant he shined brighter than all of them with his nearest competitor, Ronaldo, finishing the tournament with three goals and three assists.

Their chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu, who led the panel, 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."

Other candidates

One player who was expected to win the title was West Ham star Payet, who lit up the group stages with two spectacular performances against Romania and Albania. However, his influence petered out in the knockout rounds, exactly when Griezmann took over.

Ronaldo followed a similar path, struggling to perform against Iceland, Austria or Hungary before scoring three en route to Sunday's final. Had it not been for a cruel knee injury suffered at the hands of Payet, he could well have won the coveted title.

Team of the tournament

All three have been named in UEFA's official team of the tournament, which also includes Welsh duo Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen. 

UEFA coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson said: "After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best-performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA EURO 2016.

"We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep-lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom have the ability to create and score goals. We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition."

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