The first round of matches of the 2016 edition of the European Championship concluded yesterday after a period of 12 days since the competition began on the 10th of June. Barring a few matches, the first round hasn’t exactly been scintillating for the spectators due to scarcity in the number of goals being scored by the various national teams. However, as in any major tournament, there are certain players who have been fabulous for their teams in the group stages. Going in to the Round-of-16, here’s a look at the players who could continue to make headlines in further rounds and keep the hopes of their respective nations for European glory alive:
Gareth Bale, Wales:
Gareth Bale has been the chief architect in sending Wales, who are featuring in a major tournament for only the 2nd time in their history, to the top of what had been labelled as ‘the group of death’ in Euro 2016. The Real Madrid attacker has carried his fine club form in to the Euros, scoring in each of the three matches that Wales has played in the first round. The most expensive footballer on the planet has showed once again that he is single-handedly capable of destroying any opposition defense, which was evident in the match against Russia. If Wales’ odds of making it to the semi-finals prior to the start of the tournament were deemed respectable, Bale’s performance so far has certainly increased hem further.