Eight Real Madrid players are ready to fight in the Euro 2016 that is set to start on Friday the 10th of June in Paris with the fixture France v Romania. Only 15 days after lifting the 11th Champions League for Real Madrid, the players will start another important competition and should think now completely different.
Florentino Pérez always wanted to have the best players in the world at Real Madrid. Now this diversity of nationalities will fight for the European Championship in France. Who will win the title?
Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vázquez in Spain
Sergio Ramos is one of the most important players in the Spanish squad. His colleague in the defence will be Gerard Piqué, great rival during the whole season. After the terrible World Cup, Spain and Sergio Ramos have to show the world they still can fight for a major trophy with the national team.
Lucas Vázquez was the great surprise in Del Bosque’s squad. The youngster made his debut with Spain last Tuesday in the defeat against Georgia. Being in the Euro is already a prize for Lucas Vázquez and he’ll have to earn his minutes in the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe in Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo is the star in Portugal. Fernando Santos, the Portuguese coach, has a lot of confidence in the Real Madrid forward who scored two goals in the last game with Portugal against Estonia. Cristiano had injury problems in the last weeks of competition and it’s a big question mark his physical shape.
Despite his age, Pepe has played a really good season at Real Madrid. He earned his starting position in the defense line and will play as well for Portugal as a full back.
Modric and Kovacic in Croatia
Luka Modric is the most important player for Croatia. The Balcanic team want to be the big surprise in the tournament and they have really good players to do so. Modric’s performance will be basic to know if Croatia can arrive far away in the Euro.
Mateo Kovacic will also be in the Croatian midfield along with Modric and Rakitic. They will face Spain in the group stage.
Toni Kroos in Germany
After winning the World Cup two years ago, Germany is one of the main favourites to lift the trophy. Toni Kroos is a key player for Joachin Low.
Gareth Bale in Wales
Wales will play the first Euro in his history. The qualification came thanks to Gareth Bale’s performance, guiding his team mates to France. Being in the tournament is already a success but Wales would like to go through the group stage.