Euro 2020 Golden Shoe contenders: the stars who could take the European Championship by storm

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During the postponed 2020 European Championships, some of the greatest goalscorers in world football will compete for the Golden Boot.

The tournament’s top scorer award is always hotly contested – with the best European marksmen looking to complement their results to be crowned the continent’s number 1 goalscorer.

Antoine Griezmann currently holds the title, scoring six goals in seven starts, while France finished second to Portugal on home soil at Euro 2016.

However, the Frenchman will face stiff competition from Harry Kane, Serge Gnabry, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as compatriot Kylian Mbappe.

As result, Sports post has looked through those with the strongest credentials to challenge for the Golden Boot this summer.

Antoine Griezmann won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 as host country France came in second

Antoine Griezmann won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 as host country France came in second

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD BOOT WINNERS

2016: Antoine Griezmann (France, 6 goals)

2012: Fernando Torres (Spain, 3 goals)

2008: David Villa (Spain, 4 goals)

2004: Milan Baros (Czech Republic, 5 goals)

2000: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands) & Savo Milosevic (Yugoslavia) – both 5 goals

1996: Alan Shearer (England, 5 goals)

1992: Henrik Larsen (Denmark), Karlheinz Riedle (Germany), Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands), Tomas Brolin (Sweden) – all 3 goals

1988: Marco van Basten (Holland, 5 goals)

1984: Michel Platini (France, 9 goals)

1980: Klaus Allofs (West Germany, 3 goals)

1976: Dieter Muller (West Germany, 4 goals)

1968: Dragan Drajic (Yugoslavia, 2 goals)

1964: Chus Pereda (Spain), Ferenc Bene (Hungary, Dezso Novak (Hungary) – all 2 goals

1960: Francois Heutte (France), Viktor Ponedelnik (USSR), Valentin Ivanov (USSR), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Milan Galic (Yugoslavia) – all 2 goals

Kylian Mbappe – France

Considered one of the world’s best strikers and another fantastic season for Paris Saint-Germain, it’s no surprise that Mbappe’s name comes to mind when you think of the Golden Boot.

He is already being tipped to win the 2021 Golden Ball after a string of stellar displays for PSG have seen him score eight goals in eight Champions League games this season.

However, having recently been named by David Trezeguet as the ‘rightful successor’ to Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Mbappe will look to prove his worth at this summer’s European Championship.

Kylian Mbappé managed to score four times in seven games at the World Cup three years ago

Kylian Mbappé managed to score four times in seven games at the World Cup three years ago

Kylian Mbappé managed to score four times in seven games at the World Cup three years ago

Mbappe scored four times in seven games at the World Cup in Russia three years ago and was joint second for the Golden Boot along with Lukaku, Griezmann, Denis Cheryshev and Ronaldo.

As a result, he is well positioned to compete for the prize at the postponed 2020 European Championships.

France has a plethora of attacking options around them and are favorites to add the European crown to their 2018 World Cup success.

However, they have been drawn into a tough group with Portugal and Germany, so Mbappe may see his chances limited in what are expected to be close encounters.

Harry Kane – England

Kane is rightly regarded as one of the best strikers in world football and will be at the forefront of Gareth Southgate’s England this summer.

After another disappointing season at Tottenham, Kane will be eager to get his hands on all the cutlery he can at the European Championship.

Kane will enter the tournament with a lot of confidence, having topped the charts during European qualifiers with 12 goals from 22 shots, bringing his goal conversion ratio to 55 percent.

Kane topped the scoreboards during the European Qualifiers, scoring 12 goals from 22 shots

Kane topped the scoreboards during the European Qualifiers, scoring 12 goals from 22 shots

Kane topped the scoreboards during the European Qualifiers, scoring 12 goals from 22 shots

Kane will also be helped this summer by English stars Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford in his quest for the Gold Boot.

The English talisman is no stranger to the title of ‘best striker’, having just won the Premier League Golden Boot on the last day of the season, beating Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Kane also took the Golden Boot prize at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a stellar campaign that saw England reach the semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

It wouldn’t be right to talk about Golden Boot candidates without mentioning Ronaldo.

The Portugal international has had five different campaigns as Europe’s top goalscorer in Europe’s top divisions – claiming the title while playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

However, he has yet to take the crown at a European Championship – having finished second to Griezmann five years ago in France.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo has already scored 103 goals in 173 appearances for Portugal, making him one of the most promising contenders for the tournament in the summer.

Ronaldo will look to players like Ricardo Pereira, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota and Bruno Fernandes to give him opportunities.

Ronaldo has scored 103 goals in 173 appearances for Portugal, making him a serious contender

Ronaldo has scored 103 goals in 173 appearances for Portugal, making him a serious contender

Ronaldo has scored 103 goals in 173 appearances for Portugal, making him a serious contender

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium

Lukaku has been a bull’s eye for Inter Milan this season and is expected to continue his good form at the European Championships this summer.

With Roberto Martinez’ side facing Russia, Denmark and Finland in Group F, it seems likely that Lukaku will have plenty of opportunities to find the net.

Lukaku will also be graced with consistent service from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Youri Tielemans, boosting his chances of picking up the Golden Boot this summer.

The Belgium international is eager to surpass his 2018 World Cup score – after finishing the competition second to Griezmann, Mbappe, Ronaldo and Cheryshev.

As it stands, Lukaku is on track to give the other contenders a summer of upset as he averaged an impressive 1.56 goals per 90 minutes in European qualifiers, making him one of the most dangerous strikers in the league. makes.

Romelu Lukaku is on fire for Inter Milan this season and will try to continue this at the European Championship

Romelu Lukaku is on fire for Inter Milan this season and will try to continue this at the European Championship

Romelu Lukaku is on fire for Inter Milan this season and will try to continue this at the European Championship

Bruno Fernandes – Portugal

Fernandes has become one of the first names on Manchester United’s squad, giving the Red Devils the attacking power they need to succeed in the Premier League.

Since the arrival of Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad has transformed into serious title contenders, although he failed to inspire them to Europa League glory last month.

He not only delivered 17 assists in his own country this season, but also found the back of the net 28 times.

Portuguese Fernandes has become one of the first names in the Manchester United team

Portuguese Fernandes has become one of the first names in the Manchester United team

Portuguese Fernandes has become one of the first names in the Manchester United team

As a result, Fernandes is expected to rack up an impressive number of goals for Portugal during the European Championship this summer.

Fernandes has established himself as a primary penalty taker and can also have an advantage over his closest competitors as he tops the charts.

That said, the Manchester United star has only two international goals to his name, despite making 27 appearances.

Antoine Griezmann – France

Antoine Griezmann will try to keep his European crown after winning the Golden Boot at the 2016 competition.

Griezmann scored a total of six goals in the league five years ago, beating Ronaldo, who contributed just three.

The striker has scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Barcelona this season after a turbulent start to the 2020-2021 season.

Nevertheless, Griezmann is a great occasional player and given the quality around him at the side of Didier Deschamps, both he and France are on their way to pick up some silverware this summer.

Antoine Griezmann will try to keep his European crown after picking it up in 2016

Antoine Griezmann will try to keep his European crown after picking it up in 2016

Antoine Griezmann will try to keep his European crown after picking it up in 2016

Robert Lewandowski – Poland

Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski claimed his place among the best strikers in the world several years ago and has continued to shine for the Bundesliga giants this season.

Despite being 32, the Pole is entering the competition with one of the most prolific records to date – scoring 48 goals in 40 appearances for Bayern this season.

However, Lewandowski’s chances of claiming the Golden Boot at the European Championships this summer could be hampered by the quality of his international team-mates.

Queuing for Poland, the striker does not have the luxury that players like Mbappe have by playing alongside Griezmann, Kingsley Coman and Paul Pogba.

Robert Lewandowski's chances of winning the award could be damaged by his teammates

Robert Lewandowski's chances of winning the award could be damaged by his teammates

Robert Lewandowski’s chances of winning the award could be damaged by his teammates

Serge Gnabry – Germany

The European Championship will be the first major tournament for the 25-year-old winger, but he has already proven his worth on the international stage after competing in the 2016 Olympics.

Gnabry was selected for the German Olympic squad for Rio. He helped his country to the silver medal and became the tournament’s top scorer with six goals in six matches.

After his success at the Olympics, Gnabry was called up to the German senior team for the first time in November 2016. He scored a hat-trick on his debut in Germany’s 8-0 destruction of San Marino.

He then won the European Under-21 Championship with the junior team in 2017.

This season, Gnabry has scored 11 goals in 38 appearances for Bayern, putting him well placed to fight for the Golden Boot.

Serge Gnabry may be the new kid on the block, but could be a serious contender for the title

Serge Gnabry may be the new kid on the block, but could be a serious contender for the title

Serge Gnabry may be the new kid on the block, but could be a serious contender for the title

EURO 2020 GOLD BOOTS ODDS

Harry Kane – 5/1

Romelu Lukaku – 15/2

Kylian Mbappe – 8/1

Cristiano Ronaldo – 1/11

Memphis Depay – 14/1

Karim Benzema – 16/1

Allvaro Morata – 1/20

Ciro Immobile – 20/1

Antoine Griezmann – 22/1

Thomas Muller – 22/1

Robert Lewandowski – 25/1

Serge Gnabry – 25/1

Timo Werner – 1/25

Artem Dzyuba – 33/1

Diogo Jota – 33/1

Donyell Grind – 33/1

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