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It was perhaps an unenviable moniker for a young player making his way in the game and after four years at Anfield few would claim that Allen has lived up to comparisons to the great Spaniard, one of Europe's finest ever midfielders.While he has yet to consistently produce his best for his club, Allen's performances for Wales have been nothing short of superb.All those three have been at Euro 2016, yet none has shone like Allen has for Wales.When Allen grew a beard, the Wales fans changed the "Welsh Xavi" nickname to the "Welsh Pirlo," in honor of hirsute Italian midfielder Andrea.Should Wales beat Portugal in Lyon, and perhaps even go one better, he may be known as just plain "Joe Allen" in future.
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