Cristiano Ronaldo Overlooked in UEFA’s Official Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament

Published 07/13/2021, 1:55 PM EDT


UEFA released their official Euro 2020 Team of the tournament, and it caused a lot of controversies. There are bound to be a few players who miss out on the team, but the inclusion of Romelu Lukaku over the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick turned a lot of heads.

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The player of the tournament, Gigi Donnarumma, and the young player of the tournament, Pedri, made the team. Italian defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Leonardo Spinazzola featured in defense alongside England’s Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker.

Denmark’s Pierre Emile Hojberg and Italy’s Jorginho joined Pedri in midfield as Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, and Federico Chiesa rounded out the attack and the lineup. Italy had the most representatives, with five players on the team.

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However, there were a lot of questions about players like Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, and Joakim Maehle, who missed out on the eleven after putting in some exceptional performances. Shaw was exceptional in this tournament and was one of the best fullbacks alongside the Danish Maehle.

The team was released on Twitter by the official account of UEFA EURO 2020. There was some talk of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer missing out, but Donnarumma was the better player throughout the tournament, and his saves ensured that Italy won in the final.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the top scorer at the Euros despite playing four games

Cristiano Ronaldo did miss out on the team of the tournament, but his five goals and one assist saw him overtake Czech star Patrik Schick to become the top scorer of the tournament.

However, this was not enough to warrant a place in the final team of the tournament, as fans pointed at his three penalties.

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On the other hand, the man who made it there, Romelu Lukaku, did have an amazing tournament as he scored four goals to help Belgium reach the quarter-final. Belgium lost to eventual winners, Italy, in the quarters as Lukaku’s penalty was not enough for them to win the match.

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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