Gareth Bale, Welsh superstar player at the Euro 2016 was snubbed from the team of the tournament, sparking reactions from football lovers all around the world.
The player was outstanding at the group stage of the tournament scoring in every game and helping the team rank top ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia. In the knock out stages, the technical team at the Euro 2016 felt Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Reds Star Joe Allen were better as they made the final cut but the Real Madrid star was left out.
Wolverhampton defender David Edwards also joined in to comment on the list, surprised that the player didn’t make the final cut. “Gareth is a ridiculously talented player. I think he was the best player in the tournament in terms of consistency of his performances. But in terms of what he brings to the team – when he played Portugal, you could tell Ronaldo always wants to score, he got the goal and that’s what he does – Gareth was everywhere in the pitch and defensively, he was ridiculously brave and he has the ability to do everything going forward,” Edwards said.
Wales lost to Portugal and could not make the final. Portugal on the other hand went on to defeat the hosts to lift the title. The 26-year old player still has years ahead of him with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo older and nearing the end of their top form, he has the potential to become the best player. Whoscored.com ranked the Real Madrid star their own Player of the Tournament ranking him 8.22 with his three crucial goals. He had an average of 4.3 shots per game, 3.8 dribbles per game, 3.3 aerial duels wins per game and 1.7 right tackles per game.