The Brazil-born Chelsea hitman chose to represent Spain at the international level amidst much rancour and went on to win play for La Furia Roja at the World Cup in his country in the summer of 2014. However, he failed to replicate his club form for his adopted nation as the team exited the tournament in the first round. The forward has netted just one goal for his national team, but is expected to be the first choice of manager Vicente del Bosque, and with quality service behind him, he may just end up as the Euros’ topscorer this summer.
The France international became the most expensive teenager in world football when he moved from Monaco to Manchester United for a record transfer fee. He started out brightly, but has found goals harder to come by as the season has progressed. However, with Karim Benzema unlikely to be part of Les Bleus at the Euros, the talented youngster may just be the right man for Didier Deschamps to bank on.
The Manchester United and England national team captain has copped a lot of criticism this season for his poor form, but the Three Lions faithful will be delighted that their country’s record goalscorer is finding his touch at the right time.
The Juventus forward will have no dearth of quality balls to run on to or to apply finish to as he plays in front of an awe-inspiring midfield, comprising of Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric. The former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid striker is a gutsy fighter and being the focal point of Croatian attack he has the likelihood of finishing as the tournament top scorer if his team go far enough.
Contrary to popular perception, Wales didn’t reach their first Euros just because they have Aaron Ramsey and Bale in their ranks. Rather they have a great defence which played a significant part in their success. However, without the Real Madrid forward, their attack will lack the necessary bite to dispose off teams.