The European Championships of 2020 is now finally over, bringing an end to a month long football fiesta and edge of the set actions, which has left us craving for even more now as it packs up.
This edition of the Euros was especially a mind-blowing one, glistening with enticing footballing displays across 51 matches in which a total of 142 goals were scored and also witnessed some impressive individual performances throughout the course of the tournament.
Italy became the Champions of Europe after defeating England on penalty shootout in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley, as Gianluigi Donnarumma came up big to save three penalties of Rashford, Sancho and Saka. It is only Italy’s second European title and their first in 55 years, since their triumph on home soil back in 1968. It was heart breaking for England, coming so close yet without joy, as their bid to win their first-ever European Championship and a second major title since 1966 World Cup fell like a pack of cards.
Euro 2020 Award Winners List
#Young Player of the Tournament – Pedri (Spain)
Pedri, Spain’s prodigious young midfield maestro was awarded the Best Young Player Award of Euro 2020. Pedri, who plays for FC Barcelona, was an ever-present figure in Luis Enrique’s Spain team and played a pivotal role in La Roja’s run to the semifinal of the European Championships. Pedri, was an integral part of the Spain’s squad and played every match, missing only one minute in Spain’s entire Euro campaign. Almost every attack for Spain went through the youngster, as he had a pass completion of 98% in the Semifinal against Italy.
“What Pedri has done in this tournament, at 18, no one has done. Not even Andrés Iniesta did that; it’s incredible, unique.” Spain coach Luis Enrique remarked about Pedri’s unique talent.
#Golden Boot Winner (Top Scorer) – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Golden Boot of Euro 2020, being the top scorer in the tournament after notching five goals and an assist in his four matches for Portugal. Though Portugal were knocked out in the last 16 by Belgium and Ronaldo failed to get on the score sheet in that match, Ronaldo’s brilliant goalscoring run in the group stages was enough to see him through to win the top goalscorer award, edging Patrick Schick, who had the same number of goals but lacked an assist.
Ronaldo also equalled the record of most international goals with 109, joint top scorer alongside Iran’s Ali Daei and is also the top goalscorer in the history of Euros with 104.
#Silver Boot Winner (Second Highest Goalscorer) – Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)
Patrik Schick bagged the silver boot of Euro 2020, scoring five goals in five matches in the tournament for Czech Republic. Schick’s incredible strike from the half way against Scotland is definitely one of the goals of the tournament, as he single handedly dragged The Czechs to the Quarter final stage.
#Bronze Boot Winner (Third Highest Goalscorer) – Karim Benzema (France)
Karim Benzema have been one of the key performers for the Defending World Champions France in the tournament, scoring four goals in four matches, bragging braces against Portugal and Switzerland in the tournament, as France suffered a shock exit to Switzerland in the last 16.
#Golden Ball(Player Of The Tournament) – Gianluigi Donnarumma
Italy’s young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was awarded the best player of the tournament award, an instrumental figure in Italy’s European title win. Donnarumma maintained three consecutive clean sheets in the group stages of the Euro 2020, as Italy maintained a perfect record in the group games. Donnarumma featured for 719 minutes in the tournament, more than any other player, and recorded 9 crucial saves and conceded only four goals. The 22-year-old goalkeeper, who is currently a free agent and to sign for PSG in the upcoming season, was pivotal in Italy’s back to back penalty shootout wins against England and Spain in the final and semi-finals. Donnarumma saved two crucial penalties of Sancho and Saka, as Italy trumped England in then penalty shootouts in the final at Wembley to be crowned the Champions.
Donnarumma is the also the first goalkeeper to win this award in the history of European Championships, as he was adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament by UEFA’s team of Technical Observers.
Best Player Winners of EUROPEAN Championships
1996: Matthias Sammer (Germany)
2000: Zinédine Zidane (France)
2004: Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece)
2008: Xavi Hernández (Spain)
2012: Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
2016: Antoine Griezmann (France)
2020: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
#Best Goalkeeper (Golden Glove) – Jordan Pickford of England with 5 clean sheets and conceding only two goals. (Award Not Officially handed out by UEFA)