Italy emerged champions and the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was named player of the tournament. However, the were other breakout players of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Portuguese striker and five-times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot after scoring a total of five goals and an assist.
Aside from the big renowned names at the tournament such as Paul Pogba, Kevin Debruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Jorginho, Harry Kane and Luke Shaw, etc. There are not many reports on the lower-profile players that made a remarkable impact in the tournament.
Questions arising about these few players include: will their spectacular display attract a move to top clubs across Europe? secondly, will they maintain such form after the tournament?.
Let us review the top eight breakout players of the Euro 2020 tournament.
The top 8 Breakout Players of the Euro 2020 Tournament
Patrik Schick – Czech Republic
The Czech Republic striker scored five goals during the tournament, he lost the golden boot to Cristiano Ronaldo on Assists.
His goals include the long-range goal from his half side of the field during their opening game against Scotland. The goal is tagged as the goal of the tournament.
In addition to this feat, the 25-year-old striker scored 13 goals for club Bayern Leverkusen last season and is reportedly linked with a move to English club side West Ham United. The club has fellow national teammates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.
Manuel Locatelli – Italy
The Italian midfielder made the first team as a replacement for injured Marco Veratti, however, his impressive display earned him a place in the team’s first eleven.
He scored two goals each against Turkey and Switzerland. Locatelli was influential for the Italian team victory at the tournament at just 23 years.
The midfielder who plays for Italian club Sassuolo is reported to have attracted the interest of Arsenal and Juventus.
Mikkel Damsgaard – Denmark
The 21-year-old forward made it to the Danish first team after the horrible circumstances following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.
He went further to net two goals for Denmark including a stunning free-kick in the semi-final which they eventually lost to England.
Damsgaard is reportedly linked with a move to Real Madrid at a transfer fee of £35m, Liverpool is also interested in the player.
Pedri – Spain
The 18-year-old Spanish midfielder won the UEFA Young Player of the Tournament after his impressive display at the semi-final loss to Italy.
He was listed in the team of the tournament and is also included in the Spanish team for Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The Barcelona star made 52 appearances in his debut season at Camp Nou and will likely not be on their transfer list this season.
Denzel Dumfries – Netherlands
Coming from the defense line to score is not so usual, but Denzel found the back of the net twice in the Euro 2020 first two fixtures including the winner against Ukraine.
The 25-year-old Dutch right-back has caught the attention of Everton boss Rafael Benitez and may likely move from PSV Eindhoven to the English club side.
Alexander Isak – Sweden
The 21-year-old striker did not register a single goal at the Euro 2020 tournament, however, his impressive display and ball control earned him a place on the list.
He has currently signed a contract extension with Real Sociedad, but Chelsea and Arsenal are linked to signing the striker for £59m, Real Madrid is interested too.
Renato Sanches – Portugal
Sanches is one of the players whose impact was undeniable in the tournament, though his team exited at the last-16 stage, he had proven he is a force to reckon.
The 23-year-old Lille player won the Ligue 1 title last season. Liverpool is reported to be interested in the Portuguese for a transfer fee of £27m, he will make a good replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Robin Gosens – Germany
The oldest player on the list but because of his outstanding display for the German team, he ought to be on the list of breakout players of the Euro 2020 tournament. He scored two goals and one assist in the victory against Portugal.
The 27-year-old wing-back scored 12 goals for his club side Atalanta last season, English club Leicester City is reported to be interested in signing him.
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