Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, Where Are They Now? From Ronaldo to Dmitri Payet

Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, Where Are They Now? From Ronaldo to Dmitri Payet

Edwin Kiplagat
June 14, 2024 at 1:22 PM
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  • Portugal won Euro 2016 with one of the most bizarre runs to the final, largely thanks to Al-Nassr forward, Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The Selecao defeated hosts, France, in the final after playing the majority of the match without their injured star player, Ronaldo
  • The team of the tournament was made up of Portugal, Germany, France, and Wales players, topped by CR7 and Antoine Griezmann

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It's been eight years since the 2016 European Championship.

The tournament is fondly remembered for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal lifting the trophy for the first time after years of underachievement.

In a memorable tournament held in France, Les Bleus lost to Portugal in the final, Iceland upset England, and Wales eliminated Belgium.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann, Pepe, Dmitri Payet, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Raphael Guerreiro, Rui Patricio, Joshua Kimmich, Euro 2024
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and France's Antoine Griezmann lit up Euro 2016. Photos by VI Images and Aurelien Meunier.
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France were looking to be the first team to win the tournament for the first time since 1984, but Ronaldo's Selecao ended their dream in front of their fans, per Opta Analyst.

Throughout the tournament, there were incredible performances by teams and individuals. The veteran was one of the top performers as he dragged his country to the final.

Players who made the team of the tournament included Rui Patricio, Joshua Kimmich, Pepe, Jerome Boateng, Raphael Guerreiro, Toni Kroos, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Antoine Griezmann, Dmitri Payet, and Ronaldo, per Planet Football. Most of them are still going strong.

Where are they now? Euro 2016 TOTT

Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio

Patricio was Portugal's No. 1 in France, still playing for Sporting Lisbon when he was called up to the team. He went on to play three seasons in the Premier League with Wolves, then left to join Jose Mourinho at AS Roma. As the season progressed, he was dropped to the bench and is now a free agent.

Right-back: Joshua Kimmich

The German was at Bayern Munich for one season when Euro 2016 came around after joining from VfB Stuttgart in 2015. He's still at Bayern and has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga giants.

Centre-back: Pepe

The hard-nosed central defender was 33 during Euro 2016. It is hard to believe Pepe is still going strong at 41. He is part of Portugal's squad for Euro 2024. The multiple Champions League winner is at Porto nowadays after a spell in Besiktas.

Centre-back: Jerome Boateng

Boateng was one of the best defenders of his generation and formed part of Germany's squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was brilliant in Germany's run to the semi-finals. The World Cup winner was at Bayern during Euro 2024 but left in 2021 to join Olympique Lyon, then Salernitana. He will play for LASK next season in Austria.

Left-back: Raphael Guerreiro

The 30-year-old full-back was at Lorient when he was called up for the 2016 edition but earned a move to Borussia Dortmund after winning the tournament with Portugal. He stayed at BVB until he joined Bayern in 2023.

Midfielder: Toni Kroos

The German will retire after Euro 2024, and what a career he's had. Kroos has played for Real Madrid since 2014 and won six UEFA Champions Leagues.

Midfielder: Joe Allen

Allen left Liverpool after helping Wales reach the semis in France. He joined Stoke City and is currently at Swansea City.

Attacking midfielder: Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey formed a great partnership with Allen and Gareth Bale to help Wales produce their best performance in a major tournament. Ramsey was at Arsenal in 2016 but has played for Juventus, Rangers, Nice, and Cardiff.

Right-wing: Antoine Griezmann

The Frenchman has been a key part of France's Golden Generation. He didn't lead Les Bleus to glory in 2016 but helped them win the 2018 World Cup. His club career has been strange. He was at his current club, Atletico Madrid, in 2016 but joined Barcelona in 2019 and then returned to Atletico. He is part of France's squad in Germany.

Left-wing: Dmitri Payet

Payet was lighting up the Premier League with West Ham United in 2016. He played in the English top flight for two seasons before returning to Marseille. The Frenchman left the French giants to join Vasco da Gama in Brazil.

Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo

There are no superlatives left to describe Ronaldo. The Portuguese icon was at Real Madrid in 2016. The 39-year-old left to join Juventus in 2018 and Manchester United in 2021 before joining Al-Nassr in 2023. He played 25 minutes in the final against France but famously cheered the team from the touchline.

Player with no Euros appearance

Sports Brief also previously reported on the top 10 world-class players who never played at the Euros.

Icons such as Jari Litmanen, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, and Alfredo Di Stefano are among these stars.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.