The best EURO 2020 player
Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best player in UEFA Euro 2020 according to the UEFA technical observers team.
At the age of 22, Donnarumma had already played 33 matches for the national team, and now won the European Championship. In the Euro 2020 finals, he saved two hits on penalties and helped beat England at Wembley.
Donnarumma was the main goalkeeper of the Italian national team at the European Championship. He missed only the end of the winning match against Wales in the third round, when Roberto Mancini gave some playing time to Salvatore Sirigu. Donnarumma spent 719 minutes – more than any other player in Euro 2020.
Donnarumma and Squadra Azzurra played all 3 matches in the group stage. They conceded the first goal from Austria in the 1/8 finals. It was the first goal of the Italians conceded in more than 1000 minutes of playing time.
Donnarumma also made an important save on penalties with Spain in the semi-finals.
When choosing the best player in the tournament, such criteria as playing during the entire tournament, individual and team play, influence on the game of one’s team, positive attitude and respect was taken into account.
Top players of previous Euros:
1996: Matthias Sammer (Germany);
2000: Zinedine Zidane (France);
2004: Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece);
2008: Xavi Hernandez (Spain);
2012: Andres Iniesta (Spain);
2016: Antoine Griezmann (France).