Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma walked away with the Uefa Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament accolade after helping his nation beat England in the final to be crowned champions on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
The 22-year-old with 33 caps to his name made two penalty saves in the shoot-out as Azzurri sealed their second title -locking up the victory after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes.
He’s the first ever goalkeeper to be named Player of the Tournament at the Euros.
He was a mainstay between the posts for Italy throughout their campaign, missing only the final stages of the Matchday 3 defeat of Wales when Roberto Mancini opted to give Salvatore Sirigu a run-out.
Donnarumma played 719 minutes at the tournament, more than any other player.
Donnarumma and Italy did not concede in the group stage, letting in a goal for the first time in the round of 16 game against Austria. That was the first goal they had conceded in more than 1,000 minutes.
Donnarumma also made a crucial save in the penalty shoot-out victory against Spain in the semi-finals.
Performances throughout the tournament – both individually and as part of the team – are considered when choosing the winner. The player’s impact on his team’s performances, as well as playing with a positive attitude and with RESPECT, are also taken into account.
Donnarumma’s Euro 2020 stats
Minutes played: 719
Clean sheets: 3
Goals conceded: 4
Meanwhile, Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo took home the Euro 2020 Alipay Top Scorer with five goals in four matches, while Uefa’s team of Technical Observers named Pedri as their Young Player of the Tournament.
Pedri, 18, had won just four senior caps prior to the tournament but missed just one minute of La Roja’s campaign, going off at the end of extra time in the quarter-final against Switzerland – which Spain went on to win on penalties.
Pedri’s Euro 2020 stats
Minutes played: 629
Distance covered: 76.1km
Distance covered in possession: 38.23km
Pass completion: 92.3%
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By FARPost Reporter