Euro 2016 is just around the corner, and as the build up to this huge tournament intensifies, some of the biggest players in the world are already looking to build momentum to take with them into the competition.
Viewers will have the chance to watch a few of Europe’s most talented footballers battle it out to see who will be named player of the tournament. Here are a few of the possible contenders.
The incredible, if not slightly arrogant, star of the Portugal squad will try and make the Euros all about him. The Real Madrid marksman is well on track to earn the golden boot in La Liga this season, and if he can carry on that goal scoring record on the international stage, it will provide his team with the best chance of progression. As it stands, Portugal are one of the outsiders to win the tournament with odds of 19/1 with 32red and Unibet. If Ronaldo is to be the stand-out player of the competition, he will need his side to progress to the latter stages. But with odds like these, it may well be worth a punt on him and his team going the distance.
Ozil has been one of the most consistent and prolific players in the Premier League this season. And although the most expensive German ever took a while to settle in England, he is now looking worth the cash and more. Ozil’s form for Arsenal and the fact that he is already well proven on the world stage give him a great chance to once again be one of the stars of the show in this tournament. Although he was pivotal to Germany’s success in the last World Cup, it was the competition in South Africa in which he made his name. He had the most assists in that competition and was nominated for the Golden Ball. Germany have every chance of following up their World Cup win with another trophy here, and there is no doubt that Ozil will be a key component in their progression.
Pogba is fast becoming recognised as one of the best midfielders in the world. And at the tender age of twenty-two, he still has his best years ahead of him. It is expected that many clubs will try to scramble for his signature in the summer, and the Euros will give him a prime opportunity to show the elite just how good he is, and potentially boost his price tag. He has already attracted interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, and Barcelona, and according to transfer market data he is currently valued at around 55million Euros. As the host nation, and with a particularly strong squad, France could easily win this competition. They have odds of 3/1 with 32red and others, and to put that into perspective, so too do Germany. If France go all the way it will give Pogba a real chance to shine.
This technical genius that pulls the strings in the centre of the park for the best club in the world will no doubt be integral to Spain’s progress in the Euros. He was named player of the tournament in Euro 2012, and although the team made a mess of things in the World Cup, they are expected to bounce back and go the distance this time. In fact, the reigning champions are well-favoured at 11/2 with 32red and bwin to win for the third time on the trot. Iniesta will face tough competition from some of his other highly talented team mates, though, if he wants to be named player of the tournament once again.
Maybe a bit of a dark horse amongst players of such incredible ability, but wouldn’t it just be the fairy-tale end to an amazing season for the Leicester City forward to top it all off with a heroic display in the Euros? There is still uncertainty as to whether Vardy will fit into Roy Hodgson’s line-up, but if he can carry on the devastating form he has shown in the Foxes pursuit of the Premier League title, he could be a great asset for England.