Frank Leboeuf has proven that his loyalty in the direction of the defenders’ union trumps his patriotism, saying that Portugal‘s Pepe deserved Euro 2016’s Participant of the Event award fairly than fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.

The Atletico Madrid man’s competitors-greatest six objectives and energetic shows earned him the popularity following France‘s 1-zero remaining defeat to Portugal, however Leboeuf states Pepe, or Actual Madrid and Wales ahead Gareth Bale, have been extra deserving.

“I do not essentially agree with the choice,” the previous RC Strasbourg Alsace and Chelsea centre-again informed RMC by way of ESPN FC. “UEFA has all the time labored like that. The Man of the Match is all the time the participant who scored the aim.

“You’ve gotten Pepe, you could have Gareth Bale who carried Wales. There have been gamers who actually confirmed their qualities.”

Leboeuf is a winner of World Cup ‘ninety eight and the 2000 European Championship with Les Bleus, tournaments that noticed greatest participant gongs handed to Brazilian striker Ronaldo and French midfielder Zinedine Zidane, respectively.

“Pepe was good from the primary to the final match – in contrast to Griezmann who did not play the second recreation,” Leboeuf continued.

“We requested questions on his positioning. Within the ultimate he had two possibilities and he did not end them. We did not see him an excessive amount of.

“I like Antoine Griezmann quite a bit however he is not the perfect participant of the European Championships.”

Sunday’s defeat marked the second last in fast succession that Griezmann’s misplaced out to Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo after Might’s Champions League penalty-shootout defeat to Actual Madrid. In consequence, the 25-yr-previous confessed that his probability of profitable the Ballon d’Or wasn’t too good.

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Griezmann might subsequent take to the pitch in Atleti’s preseason pleasant towards Numancia on July 22.