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Will Grigg has missed out on reaching the ten-man shortlist for the title of Best Player in Europe.
The defence-terrifying Northern Ireland and Wigan striker was one of 37 players who picked up votes in the initial poll, after journalists from UEFA’s 55 member associations put forward their top-five lists.
Grigg finished in a tie for 25th place, alongside Giorgio Chiellini, Diego Godin, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba.
The top 10 players with the most points will go forward to the next stage of the vote where it will be narrowed down to a final five, before a winner is announced during the Champions League draw on 25 August.
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans’ contribution to the Euros have been noted in a video montage of Euro 2016 by UEFA.
The ubiquitous Will Grigg chant rounds off the homage to this summer’s international football, with the song having made waves right across the tournament.
Robbie Brady’s celebration with his family after scoring for ROI against Italy also made the reel.
Both sets of fans received Paris’ most prestigious award on Thursday for the way they conducted themselves at Euro 2016.
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Football fans are set to receive Paris’s most prestigious award for their support of Northern Ireland and the Republic at Euro 2016.
Both teams reached the knockout stages of the tournament and were cheered along by thousands of devoted followers this summer.
The chant ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ has been on the lips of many in the capital after it was invaded by the Green and White Army, while Republic supporters earned themselves a great reputation across France with their humorous antics.
However it’s the impeccable behaviour of both sets of fans that has led to them being presented with the Grand Vermeil award on Thursday evening.
SofS:Congratulations to NI & ROI fans on receiving Medal of City of Paris for exemplary sportsmanship at @uefa2016. A well-deserved honour!
A statement from the mayor’s office said: "Whether on the streets of Paris or in the stadium, Irish fans were able to support their teams to the very end in a remarkable way, providing Parisians and visitors from all over Europe with an unforgettable memory of friendly, happy and unexpected shared moments."
Other past recipients of the honour include tennis champion Rafa Nadal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
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The Green and White Army has been awarded the Medal of the City of Paris for supporting Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.
The honour “pays tribute to their exemplary attitude that participated in making this tournament a great popular event”.
The date of the medal ceremony is to be announced in the coming days.
It follows the news that Republic of Ireland fans are also being awarded for their sportsmanship in backing the team’s progress in France this summer.
Fans of German Bundesliga side Hamburg have started a petition urging their club to sign Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg after his unlikely rise to fame during Euro 2016.
While Grigg did not set foot on the pitch during the tournament, his name resonated round the stands and virtually everywhere fans congregated, thanks to the song Will Grigg's on Fire, an adaptation of 90s dance song Freed from Desire, by Gala.
The football-themed song even made no.6 on the ITunes chart.
The 24 year old finished League One's top scorer at Wigan and had been linked with a host of clubs, including Celtic, Nottingham Forest and newly-promoted Hull. Now it seems Hamburg fans want their club to join in the race.
To date, the petition has attracted over 5,500 signatures and states that Grigg has a market value of €1.5 million and would probably "bring in that much several times over in merchandising".
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