- The European Championships all-time goalscorers
Euro 2020 has reached its crescendo and we’re now gearing up to the most exciting rounds of knockout football. The final eight will soon be eliminated to four, and after that will we know who’ll be playing at Wembley on July 11th.
Equally as exciting as finding out who will go on to lift the trophy, is finding out who will be named Golden Boot winner, as well as UEFA’s Player and Team of the Tournament.
We’ve seen plenty of great goals so far, and for those deciding who’s best in the Euro 2020 top scorer odds, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently on five goals. But with Portugal eliminated from the tournament, Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic has to be the best bet, with four goals.
And it’s goals that are the focus of this article, so read on, as we take a look at some of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of the Euros.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Not content with leading the way at this year’s tournament, Ronaldo has also jumped five goals clear of Michel Platini’s record, with a total of 14 goals scored at European Championships. His goalscoring efforts have span five tournaments, with Ronaldo scoring his debut international goal at Euro 2004. While it was a mere consolation in a 2-1 defeat to eventual surprise winners Greece, he’s scored plenty of winning goals – and broken plenty of records – since.
At Euro 2008, he only scored once, in a 1-0 win over the Netherlands, but his tally at Euro 2012 stood at three goals – an achievement he equalled four years later in France. At Euro 2020, three of his five goals came courtesy of the penalty spot – but they all count! Will he hold on and win the Golden Boot?
2. Michel Platini (France)
Before Ronaldo burst onto the scene, Platini held the record for the most goals scored at the European Championships – with nine. Rather more impressively, he scored his fill in just five appearances, and they all came in one tournament – Euro 1984.
France were the hosts and Platini thrived in front of a home crowd, as Les Bleus went all the way and were crowned champions for the first time. With just two groups of four teams participating, there were five opportunities to get on the scoresheet. Platini started as he meant to go on, with a solitary goal in the opening win against Denmark. He went on to net hat-tricks against both Belgium and Yugoslavia, before landing an extra-time winner against Portugal in the semi-finals, and of course, the crowning glory – the opener against Spain in the final, as France were 2-0 winners at the Parc des Princes.
3. Antoine Griezmann (France) and Alan Shearer (England)
We have a tie for third place, with Griezmann and Shearer both scoring seven goals apiece for their respective nations. The former had previously been behind on six goals, but notched once during France’s campaign this year, which of course, resulted in an early exit at the hands of Switzerland. There’s still a chance he could add to his tally in three years’ time, in Germany.
Shearer is a former Golden Boot winner, and was awarded the accolade at Euro 96, where he scored five times – but England suffered that unfortunate semi-final departure against Germany. Shearer, who also holds the record for the most English Premier League goals, managed to score in each of England’s three group games, before drawing a blank against Spain in the quarter-finals. It took just three minutes for the striker to re-open his account against the Germans, and we all know what happened next.