The Euro 2016 is currently ongoing with the first round of group stage matches already played with some exciting results.Belgium were already the big disappointment after they failed to yet again perform in a match when it mattered most against a dogged Italian side while England played one of their best matches but drew against Russia.Payet showed his class against Romania while Cristiano Ronaldo played one of his worst matches in a tepid display in their draw against minnows Iceland.
Here are players to have light up the tournament so far;
- Dimitri Payet – France
It was not so much a winning goal as a firework, writing Payet’s name in lights far above the Stade de France. With France struggling to break down a Ukraine side, Payet sent a rasping shot with his week foot into the net. He himself left the pitch in tears, overcome with emotion. Elsewhere, the tributes were flooding in. It is doubtful, though, that Payet is feeling any regret right now. One goal in an opening game does not instantly elevate him to greatness, but if he can add the Euros to the only previous trophy of his career – the Réunion Cup, more than a decade ago – his journey to the heart of French football will finally be complete. This is Payet’s time, this is Payet’s moment, and with bated breath a continent awaits his next move.
- Luka Modric – Croatia
And if you think there wouldn’t be no other to come close to Dimitri Payet, Modric comes from nowhere to make his own.The goal was all shades of classic and it is no surprise given the kind of qualities we already know him of.The Crotian small man is a midfield maestro that would improve any team and has been key to the success of Realmadrid winning two champions league in the last three years.Crotia would be extremely grateful he has brought his form to the national team.
- Giaccherini – Italy
Does he really get a looking in at Sunderland? Who cares? Antonio Conte.The new Chelsea manager did not choose his squad by picking star players but by the kind of players that will completely stick to what he demands and Giaccherini is a part of the piece. He never really gets a looking in at Sunderland and many were surprised to see him taken to the Euros tlkless of even starting but he repaid his coach’s faith by putting in a commanding performance. His goal was all shades of classic.The pass by Bonucchi though was heaven sent and the way he took it in his strides and coolly slot past Courtois was even more impressive.Asides the goal, he hassled all night and put in a fantastic display.
- Bartoiz Kaputzka – Polland
The little-known Bartosz Kapustka was chosen in the starting line-up on the left side of midfield after replacing Kamil Grosicki. The 19-year-old has no experience of a major European league and has only made 58 appearances for the oldest Polish club in existence, KSC Cracovia.It’s worth noting that a few months before the tournament Kapustka was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub. Having sustained an injury during the fighting, the youngster made a phone call to Poland head coach Adam Nawalka where he begged for forgiveness and expressed his desire to be included in the squad for the Euros. Those are the kind of fine lines between inclusion and omission. And fortunately for Poland and all neutrals, the decision to forgive him paid off handsomely. Dynamic and two-footed, he was a thorn in Northern Ireland’s side throughout. He almost broke the deadlock with a fizzing drive in the first half and appears to be one of those players who is always in the right place at the right time – unless it involves a nightclub of course.
- Gareth Bale – Wales
The Welsh wizard as he is being described was supposed to be the man to lead this Wales team if they were to go far in this tournament and he stepped up big time.It took him just ten minutes to break the deadlock against a dogged Slovakian side led by Martin Skrtel.A superb freekick from his range was easily dispatched to yet again show he is the main man to lead Wales to the promised land. Wales will be hoping their talisman is fit all through the tournament as we all know he is injury prone. He also had a fabulous season with Realmadrid, winning the Champions league and Wales fans will be hoping their star player can bring his A game this tournament in order to lead them to the promised land.