As football lovers across the globe are preparing for one of the biggest tournaments in world football, players are equally striving to lead their team to victory. Cristiano Ronaldo succeeded in elevating his country, Portugal, to attain the championship title in 2016. However, at 36, age might work against him this time around as he is nearing the end of his career.
It would be very difficult to predict the winner of this year’s tournament, considering the strength and quality of teams contending with one another. However, players who have great potential to lead their teams to victory could be predicted. The prediction is based on certain indices derived from every game in which they have participated. Check out Online Betting Guide’s football betting tips to help you choose your bet.
Here are some MVPs to look up to in Euros 2021.
Mbappe is a versatile forward with great abilities in utilizing both feet. The 22-year old speedster is often considered the most promising player in the world of football. He has four league titles with a World Cup victory to his credit. Despite the fact that he is just beginning his career, he is enjoying a blossoming career. He has achieved more than most players.
With PSG, he has recorded an average of one goal per game, winning top goalscorer awards back-to-back including Ligue 1 Player of the Year. His determination to win European club football during the last season was resisted by the Bayern Munich team who were obviously formidable to secure the Champions League winner title. He is highly famous for his tactical intelligence, outstanding pace, and close ball control while dribbling at great speed.
His goal during the World Cup final in 2018 that saw his team’s victory is an indication that, though a youngster, he might inspire his team to a possible win in this year’s tournament. Arsène Wenger once likened his “huge football talent” to that of Thierry Henry, following his outstanding performance at the 2018 World Cup. According to a transfer value perspective by the CIES in 2018, Mbappé is the most expensive player in the world.
When the success of the Three Lions is being recounted, the story would be incomplete without the mention of Harry Kane. His superb goals and outstanding performances have led his England team to many victories. Considered a perfect replacement for Wayne Rooney, he has recorded 34 goals in 53 international appearances. He is considered one of the world’s best strikers.
However, in his bid to outperform Rooney’s legacy as an all-time top scorer, he has sustained varying degrees of injuries over the past 12 months. Even with that, he was still able to find his head among the leading scorers in the Premier League. This is a clear demonstration of the great potential of the youngsters.
Even though he is without the quick physical development and pace of other players, he often poses a serious goal threat to his opposing team. He can score from a distance. In addition, he possesses a great depth of talent that saw him win the Golden Boot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was after he led his team to fourth place, which is their highest finish since 1990.
The Spurs’ striker will undoubtedly have his gaze firmly set on leading his team to victory again in Euros 2021. The fact that the final is scheduled to hold at Wembley makes him the player with enough scoring experience at the stadium to hit some goals.
He is a prolific striker with great scoring skills. This has been mastered in both Premier League and Serie A. He is instrumental to the success of his team. He made a landmark achievement of attaining 50 goals in just a few games he played in Inter. This record-breaking feat has placed him on the list of MVPs. His 34-goal feat during the last season was compared with the record of Cristiano Ronaldo while the latter was in Milan.
Beyond Serie A, Lukaku has taken his goal exploits to the international level. Since his international debut, he has represented his country at three major tournaments – two FIFA World Cups and one UEFA European Championship. Upon leading Belgium to a third-place finish, he became the joint second-highest goalscorer, winning the Bronze Boot.
With 59 goals in 91 games, he has become Belgium’s all-time top scorer, and he doesn’t seem to be complacent yet – he has an eye for goals. Not only that but he also always maneuvres his way around defenders, despite his physicality. He has recorded 35 goals in his last 33 appearances for his country. All thanks to the support he often gets from some of the world’s greatest attacking talent. All eyes are on him to have a good place in this year’s Euros tournament.
This summer’s European Championship will see to the influx of many Manchester United fans, and Rashford won’t be left out. He is billed to get into Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad. The forward player is a goal machine – he scored two goals on his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the 2016 UEFA Europa League; three days later, he also netted two goals in his Premier League debut against Arsenal.
So far, he has won the EFL Cup, FA Cup, FA Community Shield, and Europa League. Upon his signing of a new four-year contract with the Red Devils, he scored a brace in a 4–0 win against Chelsea on the season’s opening week. Though he experienced a dip in form and goal, he bounced back in October 2019 to score in a 1–1 draw with NorthWest derby.
With his current appearances for the club standing at 250, he has made history as the fourth youngest to attain the feat. He knows how to place himself in goalscoring positions, constantly testing defenders with his movement and off-ball positioning. His performances and contributions, especially in important matches, have earned him the “big game player” appendage.