Football: Less than 2% correctly picked Portugal to be Euro 2016 champions in ST's predictor game

Said to carry the Portugal national team on his shoulders, Cristiano Ronaldo proves he can balance the Euro 2016 trophy on his head too.
Said to carry the Portugal national team on his shoulders, Cristiano Ronaldo proves he can balance the Euro 2016 trophy on his head too.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Newly-minted European football champions Portugal were the top pick of less than two per cent out of some 200 entries in the Straits Times' Euro 2016 Predictor.

Which is quite a feat, considering that those who predicted Cristiano Ronaldo and Co to go all the way and be champions, had to do so by ST's deadline of June 24, when the group stage ended.

The Portuguese were the only team to qualify for the knockout phase without winning a single group game, relying on a sleek but not-too-sexy counter-attacking strategy.

Led by star forward Ronaldo and a rejuvenated Luis Nani, they edged past Croatia, Poland and Wales to set up a final showdown with the hosts.

Nearly 60 readers were feeling the blues after originally tipping the more widely-fancied France to win the final early Monday morning (July 11) on home soil.

Not to fret if your selections were just off the mark, for we have randomly drawn 10 readers who named at least one of the two eventual finalists - Portugal and France - and they will receive adidas Euro jerseys.

These winners will be contacted on Twitter.

In our other interactive game, readers built their all-time Euro footballer - never an easy task and always a favourite debate topic.

Ten of them will bag adidas jerseys too.

In case you were wondering, the most popular selections were as follows:

  • Best mind: Zinedine Zidane (France)
  • Best header: Miroslav Klose (Germany)
  • Best dribbler: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Best heart: Paolo Maldini (Italy)
  • Best left-foot: Gareth Bale (Wales)
  • Best right-foot: David Beckham (England)