Antoine Griezmann Wins Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament: Stats and Reaction

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2016

France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans at the end of the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. France won 2-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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UEFA officially named France forward Antoine Griezmann as Euro 2016's Player of the Tournament on Monday.

The competition's official Twitter feed announced him as the winner:

UEFA Nations League @UEFAEURO

OFFICIAL: @AntoGriezmann is #EURO2016 player of the tournament! #FRA @equipedefrance @Atleti https://t.co/i9qDBsorVI https://t.co/cR8eh8Drio

Griezmann also finished the tournament with the Golden Boot, having netted six goals:

UEFA Nations League @UEFAEURO

馃憻馃弳 GOLDEN BOOT: 1. Griezmann 鈿解毥鈿解毥鈿解毥 2. Ronaldo 鈿解毥鈿 3. Giroud 鈿解毥鈿 List/details: https://t.co/SQ3vJ7rBWf #EURO2016 https://t.co/EEw7KWJDSt

That tally puts him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Michel Platini and Alan Shearer in the聽competition's all-time goalscoring charts聽after just one tournament.

Squawka Football shared his impressive stats:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Antoine Griezmann's #EURO2016 by numbers: 7 games 6 goals 26% conversion rate 23 shots 1 golden boot https://t.co/Uia0Ag4Tcr

Per聽Squawka, Griezmann also created 13 chances in his seven appearances, two of which were converted by his team-mates.

Football writer James Horncastle believed he was the hosts' best player:

James Horncastle @JamesHorncastle

Griezmann is FRA鈥檚 player of the tournament. Can make a case that Lloris has arguably been the best of the rest. Quietly done a lot

After聽Griezmann suffered a heartbreaking defeat with Les Bleus聽in Sunday's final just six weeks after losing in the UEFA Champions League final with Atletico Madrid, football writers Miguel Delaney and Andy Brassell believed the Frenchman's stellar performances deserved better:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Poor Griezmann. Lost two massive finals in two months, and did more than anyone to get his teams there. His day will come.

Andy Brassell @andybrassell

Feel for Griezmann, an outstanding year with no reward in terms of silverware. Has the character to come again, though, & he will #FRA

Spanish football experts Sergi Dominguez and Rafael Hernandez were far less sympathetic to his plight:

Sergi Dom铆nguez @FutbolSergi

This is what I meant 10 months ago when I tweeted Griezmann needs to show up when it matters most. Him in finals is just poor.

Rafael Hern谩ndez @RafaelH117

Players that have no grit or character to step up finals aren鈥檛 half as good as people think, and he fits that profile until he changes.

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The 25-year-old told French broadcaster M6 (h/t Goal's聽Dejan Kalinic) that he will be better for the experience: "I am proud of this group and of course even if we did not win. On a personal level, this is my second final loss in a month. I'll come back stronger. This can only help me."

In the immediate aftermath of the defeat, the recognition may prove to be of little consolation to the Atletico forward.

Nevertheless, it's well-deserved, even if he wasn't able to inspire his team to victory in the final.

When the dust settles and the disappointment eases, Griezmann will be able to look back on the award and take heart from his efforts.


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