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Euro 2020/21 – Most Impressive Player Of The Group Stage

Here at Undrafted we have been following Euro 2020/21 closely and analysing performances from individual players and teams. With knockout football upon us and the Group Standings now complete we take a look back at the most impressive player of the Group Stage. The Undrafted The Network writers will all choose one player each and explain the reasoning behind that decision.

Jamie Evans

Most impressive player of the Group Stage  – Cristiano Ronaldo

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As the saying goes “Cometh the hour, Cometh the man”. Cristiano stepped up yet again. The group of death. And he’s come out the current top scorer of the competition. 

The man steps up for Club and Country time and time again and he will be pivotal when it comes to the latter rounds. Belgium up next. Ronaldo will be adding to his tally on the way to knocking them out. 

Chris Juffs

Most impressive player of the Group Stage  –  Cristiano Ronaldo

Once again, when Portugal needed a hero, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up. With his side in the ‘group of death’, Portugal scored a total of 7 goals. Ronaldo scored 5 and assisted 1. 

One of the best players who has ever lived once again has his country on his back, and is looking as good as ever in what could be his last ever international tournament. 

Murray Pugh

Most impressive player of the Group Stage  – Denzel Dumfries

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The Netherlands squad as a whole have been great to watch, but for me Dumfries is the stand out. He has been practically playing as a RW when he’s on the pitch but he still has the pace to get back and defend when needed. In the 3 games he has 2 goals and an assist to his name, from RB, mental. I knew who he was before the tournament started but I did not expect him to be anywhere near as electrifyingly good as he is. 25 years old, he’s got a great future ahead of him.

Thomas Clapham

Most impressive player of the Group Stage  – Patrik Schick

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Was he the best player of the group stages, probably not, a certain Portuguese talisman might have something to say about that. Then how is he my most impressive? Well we all knew players like Ronaldo would step up but every year we get the unheralded players, and this year we welcomed Patrik Schick to the table. His 3 goals in the groups, the Czech Republic’s only goals, helped them to secure qualification to the finals. They finished third in the group, due to the fact they scored less goals than Croatia, but that was definitely not down to their man up top. Let’s also not forget his Schick (see what I did there) strike against Scotland from his own half. He made a case for an outsider at the Golden Boot too, I do not think Patrik could have asked for a better tournament.

Antonio Ierubino

Most impressive player of the Group Stage  – Georginio Wijnaldum

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Who is this new up and coming Netherlands midfielder? Goes by the name of Georginio Wijnaldum? In all seriousness though, the now-former Liverpool midfielder has looked different class throughout the Group Stage. Klopp will find this man hard to replace this Summer mark my words.

Wijnaldum has been at the forefront of everything good the Netherlands have achieved so far. With three goals in as many games Gigi has been able to show his attacking prowess and all-round quality as the Dutch cruised through the Group Stage. Hopefully he continues this fine form going into the knockout round as his countries pathway to the final looks achievable.

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