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Will Grigg's on fire yet again... Wigan striker voted 25th best player in Europe!

By Adam McKendry

"Will Grigg's on fire" was the No.1 song at Euro 2016...and quite remarkably the man who it is inspired by is the 25th best player in Europe.

According to 55 European journalists, Will Grigg is one of the top 30 players across the continent, standing tall alongside France and Juventus star Paul Pogba, who is tied with him in 25th.

Despite seemingly being just as good as the Manchester United target, it is unlikely Grigg will demand a £100million price tag like Pogba, whose Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini is also tied 25th, along with Hugo Lloris and Diego Godin.

The 10 players with the most votes are currently unranked with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to be named No.1 by a judging panel, however Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale is also a contender.

Like at the Euros, it is likely that Grigg's reputation preceded him when it came to the vote, however that does not take away from his excellent season in League One.

The Wigan striker scored 28 goals for his club as they finished top of the pile in England's third tier, securing Championship football for the season ahead.

But, despite his prolific goalscoring, the song that was created by a Wigan fan is still where Grigg's fame originates, making his 25th placed ranking even more head-scratching.

The song, which reached No.7 in the UK charts, was what gained the striker European recognition, just in time for him to be named in the Northern Ireland squad for the Euros.

Despite not playing a single minute in France, Grigg was still in high demand with fans and players alike eager to meet the forward.

Even Germany defender Mats Hummels was excited about the prospect of meeting Grigg, swapping shirts with him after the two nations clashed in Paris even though his opponent never actually used his.

But Hummels wasn't even named in the top 30. He wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to get a shirt from a superior player, was he?

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