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Nations League Player Of The Tournament Revealed

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals and captaining his country to the title, the 34-year-old was beaten to the Player of the Tournament award by one of his teammates.

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Ronaldo scored all three goals in Portugal's 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland, but was not able to add another in the final, with his teammate Goncalo Guedes netting Portugal's 1-0 winner.

However, it was Bernardo Silva who won the tournament's Golden Ball. The Manchester City winger provided the assist for the winner in the final, and one of Ronaldo's goals in the semi-final too.

"He showed his level of quality in creating goals, his overall performance on the two games was outstanding. Had a positive influence on the team both in and out of possession," UEFA Technical Observer Packie Bonner told UEFA's official website.

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Meanwhile, Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has already completed a transfer to FC Barcelona, was named Young Player of the Tournament, with only players born after 1 January 1996 being eligible for this award.

"He continues to show improvement as a young player and his development in this tournament will help him to mature again. Had a good tournament for a young player," UEFA Technical Observer David Moyes said.

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Portugal went unbeaten throughout the tournament, winning two matches and drawing two of their four group-stage games, before adding another two victories at the UEFA Nations League finals on home soil.

Do you think Silva deserved to beat Ronaldo to the Player of the Tournament award? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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