Ádám Szalai, the captain of the Hungarian national team, was the seventh best player in the European Championships’ group phase, according to statistics by FedEx, UEFA’s official partner. Hungary has three other players in the Top 50.
With 53,900 points, Szalai finished just above the best Italian player of the tournament so far, Manuel Locatelli, and Real Madrid’s newly-signed, Austrian defender, David Alaba. In Szalai’s case, FedEx highlights his goal and assist against Germany. He was also an attacker who was hard to stop, as he conceded 7 fouls.
[richtext]The FedEx Performance Zone is tracking players’ performance for their countries at the UEFA EURO 2020. Every player is assigned a primary on-field position where they are expected to play the majority of the time. The categories are goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. The data considered for each player is specific to their position. For example, clean sheets, tackles, and recovered balls are considered key statistics for defensive players, while goals, assists, crosses, and passes are important metrics for midfielders and forwards. The algorithm uses player stats to deliver updates after games are played, with the rankings updating live as the games unfold.[/richtext]
The second best Hungarian player, wing-back Attila Fiola, finished 29th on the list, while midfielder András Schafer and forward Roland Sallai came in 43rd and 47th, respectively.
Based on FedEx’s statistics, the best player of the tournament so far is Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), followed by Germany’s Robin Gosens, with Georginio Wijnaldum (The Netherlands) in third place.
In the featured photo: Ádám Szalai and Ruben Dias (Portugal). Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI