#Euro2016: Antoine Griezmann and Renato Sanches scoop individual honours

Portugal beat France after extra time in the UEFA EURO 2016 final in Paris on Sunday to win their first major title ever.

While Portugal walked away with the trophy, some individual players were honoured for their outstanding performance throughout the month-long tournament.

France forward Antoine Griezmann won the UEFA EURO 2016 Adidas Golden Boot  after scoring six goals for his national side.

He beat Silver Boot laureate Cristiano Ronaldo who had 3 goals  and Bronze Boot winner Olivier Giroud – who also had 3 goals but played less minutes than the Portuguese star.

Speaking on receiving the award, Griezmann who wasn’t able to reproduce his free-goal scoring form in the final said, “Maybe later I can feel proud, but for now it’s about the group,”

“I’m very disappointed for my team-mates. I really wanted to give them this trophy but I couldn’t score. It’s cruel and magnificent at the same time. We’ve lived through some extraordinary moments, and the saddest moments as well. We have to learn. But tonight we gave it our all and we have no regrets.” He told UEFA.

Another fantastic player to receive an award for his raw and undiluted exploits was 18-year-old Portuguese wonder-kid Renato Sanches who was named the SOCAR Young Player of the Tournament.

The midfielder pipped France’s Kingsley Coman and Portugal team-mate Raphael Guerreiro to pick up the award.

Sanches had come on as a substitute in all of Portugal’s group stage games and as a result of his amazing performance, he was given a starting shirt in the team’s quarterfinal win over Poland.

Sanches went on to score his first international goal that night in Marseille, making him the third-youngest player to score in the tournament.

The Lisbon-born player who recently moved from Benfica to Bayern Munich in a mouthwatering deal is now the competition’s youngest-ever finalist and winner at 18 years and 328 days with Portugal’s 1-0 win over France on Sunday.

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