The European Championship is always one of the most exciting international tournaments to watch due to the quality of the players available on each team. Historically, Europe has always been home to some of the biggest footballing nations, including places like Germany, Spain, France and England. The Euros is where all of these nations get to play one another and find out once and for all who is the best. We will take a look at all the Euro 2021 key players and how they can contribute to their team’s success this summer.
This year’s Euros was originally due to take place last summer, but the pandemic cancelled those plans. UEFA agreed to reschedule the tournament so as not to interrupt the domestic leagues, and now here we are, a year later, with the tournament fast approaching. With twenty-four teams taking part, this will be a test of some of the best teams in Europe, and we will also get to see lots of smaller nations taking part.
Here at Euro 2021 Bets we analyse all of the Euro 2021 teams and Euro 2021 key players to see which teams have the best chance of progressing. We post betting tips to help you make the most of your Euro 2021 bets, and all of our tips are based on careful research. On this page, we will be looking closely at players who are expected to make a big impact on the tournament, including established stars and young talents.
Euro 2021 Key Players: The Biggest Stars
The Euros are one of the most exciting football tournaments to watch due to how many quality players are taking part. Only the World Cup has more talent, but the Euros can be just as exciting. Star players have the ability to control a game and change the course of the match with moments of quality such as dribbling past opponents, scoring a free kick or making a crucial stop to prevent a goal.
Some of the biggest and most talented players at the Euro 2021 Championships include:
- Harry Kane – Harry Kane is considered as one of the world’s best strikers, and while he’s had a disappointing year in club football, he has still been lethal in front of goal. He has scored over twenty goals in the Premier League. For England, he is one of the main attacking threats and is just as comfortable starting an attack as he is at finishing it. For teams to beat England, they will need to come up with a way to reduce the service to Kane, which is easier said than done. If Kane is in form during the tournament he will be our top pick as on of the most influential Euro 2021 key players.
- Kylian Mbappe – Mbappe is one of the best young players in the world right now, and the 22-year-old is fresh from a great season where he scored over thirty goals in the league and Champions League. Playing for France, Mbappe is key in breaking down defences, pairing up well with Griezmann and using his lightning-fast pace to make his way past defenders. Mbappe shone during the 2018 World Cup, earning the best young player award and helping his team to lift the trophy while only 19 years old.
- Sergio Ramos – Ramos is the captain and leader of both Real Madrid and Spain, lending his experience and incredible winning spirit to help inspire confidence and perseverance. As a player, Ramos has achieved it all, but he’ll be looking to add to his trophy collection by helping Spain to yet another title. He’s a key leader in the defence and has also scored his fair share of goals from set-pieces.
- Kevin De Bruyne – De Bruyne has been one of the standout performers in a strong Manchester City side over the past few seasons, pulling strings in midfield and using his superior passing abilities to pick out teammates and set up goals. For Belgium, he’s undoubtedly one of the star performers, and his partnership with Lukaku should be feared by any defender taking part at this summer’s Euros. Belgium have a strong side, and De Bruyne is a key player for them and their counterattacking style.
- Cristiano Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo has been considered as one of the best players in the world for many years now, regularly racking up more than thirty goals a season. His talents are undeniable, and while he is now 36 years old, he still competes at the highest level and presents a huge danger to opposition defences. At the last Euros, Ronaldo helped drag Portugal to the final, and although he suffered an injury early on, his presence on the touchline helped to inspire his team to their first Euro Championship victory. He’ll likely play a major role in the success of his team if they manage to get out of their tough group.
- Manuel Neuer – Neuer has been indisputably the best goalkeeper in the world for many seasons now. The German plays for one of the most dominant Bayern Munich sides in history and has helped Germany achieve a World Cup while also helping them to keep several cleansheets against some of the world’s best teams. Neuer is a sweeper keeper, meaning he plays very far off his line and has excellent passing and ball control skills. This assists the team by letting the midfield retain possession and stay further up the pitch.
- Luka Modric – Modric is a crucial player in midfield for Real Madrid and has been one of the best players for Croatia for many years. After helping his side to reach the World Cup final in 2018, Modric will be back and hungrier than ever for success at this tournament. As he’s gotten older, his pace and output may have declined, but his understanding of the game hasn’t, and he’s still able to control the midfield, help his team start attacks and score long-range goals.
- Robert Lewandowski – Lewandowski is almost certainly the best striker in the world right now and is part of a dominant Bayern Munich side where he has scored more than thirty goals in the league once again. Poland may not be world-beaters, but with Lewandowski, they have a real chance of beating top sides.
- Gareth Bale – Bale has been a sensational asset for Wales, helping them punch well above their weight in recent years and taking them to several major finals. Bale isn’t the force he once was, but he still has a lot of talent and an ability to score vital goals, as indicated by his loan back to Tottenham in the Premier League this season. If he can stay injury-free, he has a real chance of helping Wales to advance from their group.
Euro 2021 Key Players: Promising Talent
The Euros are always exciting to watch not just because of the established stars taking part but also because it’s an excellent stage for up and coming talent to announce their arrival. Some of the world’s best players first shot to fame for performances at major tournaments, including the likes of Denis Bergkamp, Wayne Rooney, Joshua Kimmich and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This Euros, there are loads of exciting young talents to keep an eye on, and we could see the rise of a new star. Some of the top youngsters expected to make an impact this Euro 2021 Championship include:
Jadon Sancho is one of England’s most exciting players and has attracted the interest of some of the world’s best football clubs thanks to his performances for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Sancho can play on either wing or as a central attacking midfielder and has incredible dribbling ability as well as offering a lot of pace. At only 21 years old, this will be his first major tournament for England’s senior team, and if his club form is anything to go by, he could play a major part in England’s success. This season he has more than ten goals and fifteen assists in all competitions and had twenty goals and twenty assists the season before.
Sandro Tonali attracted attention last season while playing for relegation battling Brescia. Likened in ability to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, Tonali operates in midfield where he excels as a deep-lying playmaker. The 20-year-old is just as capable of playing a defence-splitting pass as he is of dribbling past opponents and is also a threat from free kicks. After his performances at Brescia, he was signed by AC Milan and has four appearances for Italy’s senior side. It’s expected that Tonali will play at least some of Italy’s group games at the Euros, and if he impresses, there’s little doubt we’ll see more of him in the future.
Dejan Kulusevski is of Macedonian heritage but was born in Sweden and has played for Sweden since 2015 after playing a few games for Macedonia’s U17 team. At the moment, he isn’t tied down to any single position and can operate across the front of midfield as well as a centre-forward. Known for his technical ability, Kulusevski was signed by Juventus and has four goals and an assist this season. He has eleven appearances and one goal already for Sweden, and at only 21 years old, he still has a lot of room to improve.
Kabak is a Turkish centreback who currently plays for Liverpool, on loan from Schalke. The 21 year old has shown a lot of potential to be an instrumental part of Turkey’s defence, offering physically, athleticism and intelligence. Before joining Schalke, he became the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever Turkish player to score twice in a match. He offers an ariel threat from set pieces, something that will be a big advantage for Turkey considering they strength of their dead ball specialists. While he hasn’t been the answer Liverpool were hoping for, he has shown glimpses of his ability and performs much better in a defensive setup he’s used to.
Havertz recently moved to Premier League side Chelsea after an impressive couple of years in the Bundesliga. On top of becoming the Bundesliga’s youngest ever player, Havertz also became the youngest goal scorer and youngest player to reach 50 and then 100 appearances while playing for Leverkusen. Since moving to the Premier League, the 21 year old attacking midfielder has scored two goals and five assists in twenty-five appearances, but he’ll no doubt continue to improve as he settles into the team. Playing for Germany, he will be an integral part of the team.
Ferran Torres is Spain’s most exciting talent at the moment. The young winger was electric at Valencia before earning a big-money move to Manchester City. Since arriving at the Premier League, the 21-year-old has been phased into the team slowly by coach Pep Guardiola and has three goals and two assists in the league along with four goals in the Champions League. Playing for Spain, he operates on the wing or as a centre-forward, and his fast pace and dribbling make him a real challenge for opposition defenders.