Euro 2016: Here are the 5 biggest flops of the tournament

As a player, a good European Championship can really make your career.

Unfortunately for these guys, that can't happen for everyone. Here are some of Euro 2016´s biggest flops...

1. Joe Hart


Joe Hart concedes a goal against Wales
(Michel Spingler/AP)

He went into the tournament as Roy Hodgson's undisputed number one but the Manchester City goalkeeper did not cover himself in glory, allowing a Bale free-kick to beat him from long-range and then being at fault for Iceland's winning goal in the round of 16 as Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's effort passed through his hands.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Zlatan Ibrahimovic grimaces while playing for Sweden
(Ariel Schalit/AP)

Fresh from a Ligue 1 campaign where he scored 38 goals, the self-proclaimed legend departed Paris St Germain and looked to lead Sweden to the latter stages of the Euros. Instead he captained the side to just one point, with the 34-year-old not scoring and having just one shot on target as Sweden crashed out at the group stage. International retirement and a move to Manchester United followed.

3. Thomas Muller


Thomas Muller playing for Germany
(Joe Giddens/EMPICS)

The Bayern Munich forward has scored 10 World Cup goals during his career but is still to find the back of the net in a European finals. And he was found wanting again when Die Mannschaft needed his goalscoring prowess, missing some good chances, including a penalty in the shootout victory against Italy, and failing to lead the line with any success in the semi-final defeat to France.

4. David Alaba


David Alaba playing for Austria
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS)

A much-hyped Austria team disappeared from the tournament without even a whimper, and the symbol of that failure was Alaba. The 24-year-old is clearly talented and Austria play him where he wants to be played - in midfield - rather than the full-back role he takes up at Bayern Munich. But he certainly did nothing to suggest there's a future for him in the middle of the pitch for Bayern. It's hard to shake the feeling that, as a midfielder, his ambition may outweigh his ability.

5. Simone Zaza


Simone Zaza takes a penalty for Italy
(Antonio Calanni/AP)

There is one main reason why the 25-year-old Juventus forward flopped at the Euros - his shocking penalty miss in the quarter-final shootout defeat to Germany. Having been introduced from the bench in the dying moments of extra-time purely to take a spot-kick, Zaza's peculiar run-up before blazing his effort sky-high over the crossbar will be an enduring memory of the tournament - with the internet awash with Photoshopped mockery and memes.

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