The Real Madrid star is “undoubtedly” the only player to have performed to the best of his ability, claims the 2006 World Cup winner, who also believes Hungary can pull off a surprise.
Wales’ Gareth Bale is the only player to have lived up to expectations at Euro 2016, according to former Juventus and Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi.
The Argentinean-born winger, who won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy, was speaking to Goal ahead of the Azzuri’s crunch round-of-16 clash with Spain on Monday.
Asked who has starred during the tournament so far, Camoranesi singled out Real Madrid star Bale.
The 26-year-old has played a prominent role in his side’s amazing journey to the quarter-finals, scoring three goals in the group stage and producing a Man of the Match performance in his side’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland at the last-16 stage on Saturday.
“There are many renowned figures doing very well in their clubs. But the only one that met the expectations and with a team who is not considered at the top level is undoubtedly, Gareth Bale,” Camoranesi said.
While Wales stunned Europe by finishing top in a group including England, Russia and Slovakia, Camoranesi believes Hungary – Chris Coleman’s potential opponents in the last eight – can produce the biggest surprise of the European Championships.