Kylian Mbappe, France:
Kylian Mbappe seems to be the name on everyone’s lips with some dazzling performances throughout the season which has helped Paris Saint Germain to reach the top of Ligue 1 and also to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. The French forward who relies on his unbelievable pace currently has 18 goals and 6 assists in Ligue 1, he looks to transfer that form to the national team
Mbappe has achieved a lot in his short career and just a European trophy eludes him. The world champion would have to replicate his World Cup performances to make sure his country remains the best in the world.
Robert Lewandowski, Poland:
Poland’s record goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski is in excellent form in this domestic season with Bayern Munich as they are top of the Bundesliga and favorites for the UEFA Champions League. The striker is also captain of the national team and is vital for the side as it is no secret that the team is mediocre without him leading the line.
Robert Lewandowski is the all-time top goalscorer for the Poland national football team. As of 18 November 2020, he has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances since his debut on 10 September 2008. The whole country would hope that Lewandowski comes firing out of the gates as soon as the tournament starts because that is the only way they can prevent the humiliation that occurred last time around in the FIFA World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium:
The Inter Milan forward is having the time of his life in Italy, has not been up to the mark at Manchester United. It is safe to say that he has finally found his stride in Milan. The Belgian striker has to step up to the plate for EURO 2020 because it isn’t likely that his captain Eden Hazard would be present due to injury concerns.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 59 goals until now in one and a half-season at Inter Milan and recently also reached the milestone of 300 career goals, joining a list of only a few great strikers. He would be hoping to link up with his world-class teammates and achieve glory in this year’s grand tournament.
Bruno Fernandes, Portugal:
Since 1st February 2020, no player has been involved in more goals in England than Bruno Fernandes. The Portugees midfielder who joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in the winter transfer window last year has also achieved the record of winning the Player of The Month award 4 times in a row.
He has been an anchor in midfield for the Reds and it is no secret that he is arguably the only reason they are second in the Premier League. Fernandes would be hoping to take that form into the tournament and alongside Cristiano Ronaldo defend their title.
Harry Kane, England:
The captain of England Harry Kane has a big summer ahead of him as he would be striding to bring it home for England this time around. Their first goal would be to seek revenge over Croatia in Group D who eliminated them from the World Cup in 2018.
Although Tottenham Hotspurs have been below expectations this season, it hasn’t stopped Kane from having an impressive season with outstanding numbers. He has 26 goals and 16 assists in 39 appearances this season.
England is the favorite to be the winner and Kane has a huge role to play if this is to be true.
Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium:
As mentioned before in the article, Belgium’s talisman Eden Hazard is a doubt for the tournament so that leaves a huge gap in the playmaking role in midfield for the team. Fortunately for Belgium, they have Kevin de Bruyne who is more than capable of filling Eden Hazard’s boots. Some might say he is even better than the Real Madrid man.
De Bruyne had a good qualifying campaign, netting 4 goals and 6 assists in 6 games for De Rode Duivels. Even for Manchester City, he has been pretty impressive this season. Belgium would hope the assist king is in top form in the summer because his link up with Romelu Lukaku might just win them the whole tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal:
The 5 times Ballon D’or winner just seems as if he is immortal! The 36-year-old forward is at an age where players tend to think of other options but rather than thinking of retirement, Cristiano has been wreaking havoc in Italy with Juventus with 30 goals in 33 appearances this season. The Portuguese icon just doesn’t seem to quit.
Ronaldo is famous for stepping up for the bigger occasions and EURO 2020 is nothing short of a grand occasion. The former Real Madrid man seems to be never out of form and it is more than likely that he will lead Portugal deep into the tournament. The all-time leading goalscorer for his nation has his sights sets on defending his crown.