We’ve had a look at the outright winner market for Euro 2020 and the top goalscorer one and now it is the time to look at who might be the Player of the Tournament, an award in which the market has come into its own in recent times.
Antoine Griezmann actually made history in this market in 2016 as he was the first man in six tournaments to win the Player of the Tournament without his nation winning the trophy. Stars of world football are involved in this event so this will be as competitive a betting heat as all the others.
2016 – Antoine Griezmann
2012 – Andres Iniesta
2008 – Xavi
2004 – Theo Zagorakis
2000 – Zinedine Zidane
1996 – Matthias Sammer
Kylian Mbappe is arguably the most exciting attacker in world football at the minute and given that France are so strongly expected to win this tournament it stands to reason that he is the 8/1 favourite to be the best player in it. I’ve already mentioned elsewhere though that he isn’t going to be on penalties which might affect his goal output and he is in a side with a lot of attacking mite so just how much he’ll be noticed I’m unsure. I’m unsure enough to leave him alone anyway.
Kevin de Bruyne for me is the best player in world football at the minute and he is 14/1 to be the best player in this tournament. An immediate issue is that nobody knows if he is going to make the opening match after the injury he picked up in the Champions League final. The vibes are he won’t and that is surely a negative. You’d probably need Belgium to win the tournament then and even then he’s left the door open for others in this side to shine. He also isn’t for me.
N’Golo Kante and Harry Kane come next in the betting at 16/1. Kante has shortened by the day after his majestic performance in the Champions League final and I’ll come on to him below. Kane is more likely to be the leading scorer than he is the player of the tournament but Griezmann won both in 2016 so that is possible. I just wonder if some of England’s young stars will shine brighter than him regardless of who scores the goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku are all 20/1 and the only ones shorter than 33/1 in the betting. Griezmann won this in 2016 and lays obvious claims, although there are many potential stars in this France side. Lukaku is nothing but a goalscorer and you tend to have to offer something else to nail this award. If you look at the roll of honour the only goalscorer was Griezmann and he created as well as scored. Ronaldo couldn’t win this when his nation won the tournament so is he really a 20/1 shot this year? Maybe for sentiment reason if it comes to light that he calls it quits after the tournament but I don’t see it otherwise.
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I’ll take a couple of players in this market this year although it isn’t my favourite one after I got mugged off with Andrea Pirlo in 2012 (yes I am still bitter about it!). In saying that N’Golo Kante looks a standout runner to me. He is just a machine in the centre of the park and we saw in the Champions League final how he can dominate the big games. I’m not so convinced this will be a high scoring competition so it might be that the sheer class of a Kante might get appreciated more than the goalscorers and creators in this tournament. If it does then there is nobody better at what Kante does so it stands to reason that he has a good shot at this at 16/1.
There is no brighter youngster in world football right now than Phil Foden and although he hasn’t lit up the international stage yet, big players are all about timing and his time is most definitely now. This England side are crying out for someone to carry it to tournament finals and victories and this creative wizard of a footballer is just the man to do it. If England are going to go well in this tournament it will really get noticed as they should be at home for all but one man and Foden can thrill crowds with the best of them. I suspect Gareth Southgate has kept him as hidden as he can in an England shirt for a reason. We might be about to find out why. If England do deep Foden will have lit this tournament up.
Back N.Kante Player of the Tournament for a 1/10 stake at 17.00 with 888sport
Back P.Foden Player of the Tournament for a 1/10 stake at 34.00 with 888sport
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