Friday 9 December 2016

Grigg level with Pogba in vote for top Euro star

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

Northern IRELAND'S Will Grigg received as many votes as France midfielder Paul Pogba in UEFA's search for Europe's best player.

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Journalists from 55 member associations nominated their five best players for last season.

Juventus midfielder Pogba and Wigan striker Grigg came 25th out of the 37 nominated.

Grigg (25) failed to make an appearance at Euro 2016 but gained notoriety after a song was adapted in his honour.

Will Grigg's On Fire - a parody on Gala's 1996 song Freed From Desire - was written by Wigan fan Sean Kennedy after Grigg scored 25 goals in League One last season.

The song went on to reach No 6 in the iTunes chart and was sung by fans throughout Euro 2016.

No Premier League player made the top 10. Leicester's Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy finished 11th and 12th respectively, while West Ham's Dimitri Payet came 13th.

The list will be cut to three in August, with a UEFA panel deciding the winner, who will be named on August 25.

TOP TEN NOMINATIONS

Gareth Bale, Gianluigi Buffon

Antoine Griezmann, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez

Zidane rows with Perez over Odegaard role

Zinedine ZIDANE has reportedly clashed with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over the use of Martin Odegaard on the club's pre-season tour.

Odegaard (17) is required to train with the first-team under the terms of his contract, which he signed following his high-profile move from Stromsgodset in January 2015.

Perez is keen for the youngster to travel for the friendlies in North America because the exposure will help him find a loan club for the new season.

Zidane, however, is apparently against Odegaard joining the squad, as he feels other members of Madrid's 'Castilla' B-team are more deserving of a place.

Irish Independent

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