Luiz Adriano – among best players of Champions League!

UEFA official site has summed up the results of the last year’s Champions League and picked the brightest moments of the tournament.

Shakhtar’s forward Luiz Adriano, who set a new scoring record, being recognised the group stage top player, has made it to the list of highlights.  

This is how the journalists explained their choice:

“Player (group stage): Luiz Adriano (FC Shakhtar Donetsk)
Not all the records that toppled this season went to a certain Argentinian and a striker from Portugal. The latter, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored a group-stage best nine last term; Luiz Adriano matched it within 12 months. Even more incredibly, eight of the nine goals came in a fortnight.                                                                                             

The Brazilian had already struck in Shakhtar's 2-2 home draw with FC Porto, a result that left the Pitmen trailing FC BATE Borisov in Group H. No matter – Shakhtar travelled to Belarus and won 7-0. Adriano's five strikes equalled Messi's single-game competition record, four coming in an unprecedented six-goal first-half haul. That was not all, as two weeks later Adriano registered a hat-trick in a 5-0 home defeat of BATE. That was matchday four – not until the semi-finals did Messi and Ronaldo overtake Luiz Adriano's total”.                                                                               

It should be added that Barcelona’s forward Neymar has been named the best player of the knockout stage, according to UEFA.                                                                                                                                          

FC Shakhtar based on materials from UEFA official site