The 5️⃣ biggest breakthrough stars at Euro 2020

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Everybody loves a breakthrough star and we were spoiled at Euro 2020.

So we’ve picked our best five from the tournament (excluding Pedri and Federico Chiesa who were included in our Team of the Tournament).

Here’s who made the cut …


Illya Zabarnyi (Ukraine)

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The 18-year-old featured in every minute of every game for Ukraine, showcasing his ball-playing and defensive quality in equal measure.


Attila Szalai (Hungary)

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Attila Szalai has been making a name for himself in Turkey and only enhanced his reputation with some big performances for Hungary.

The 6ft 3in defender was an immovable object at times, heading, clearing and blocking everything in his path.


Mikkel Damsgaard (Denmark)

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Mikkel Damsgaard was handed the almost impossible task of replacing Christian Eriksen but passed that test with flying colours.

The 21-year-old was a creative reference point for Denmark, played with bravery and scored two unbelievable goals – what more could you want?


Bukayo Saka (England)

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The tournament ended in heartbreaking circumstances for Bukayo Saka but England fans finally got what Arsenal fans have been seeing.

He wasn’t even expected to make the final 26-man squad, yet impressed every time he played with bravery, technical quality and tactical versatility.


Alexander Isak (Sweden)

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Alexander Isak didn’t even score at Euro 2020 – Emil Forsberg took that role for Sweden – but everyone still loved his performances.

The Real Sociedad frontman displayed great technique and flair, and was also intelligent in his link-up and movement.