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90min readers predict Euro 2020 top scorer

Jamie Spencer
Jun 7, 2021, 2:45 PM GMT+1
CR7 has been Portugal's main man for well over a decade
CR7 has been Portugal's main man for well over a decade / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

90min readers have collectively backed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the top goalscorer at Euro 2020 this summer by voting in an online poll, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner hoping to spearhead Portugal’s attempts to retain the trophy they won in 2016.

Ronaldo is coming off the back of a 36-goal season for Juventus across all competitions and came out on top in a Euro 2020 top scorer goal for which 11,675 votes were cast.

He received 29% of the vote, marginally ahead of Poland superstar Robert Lewandowski (27%) and England talisman Harry Kane (25%). Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku got 19% of the vote.

Ronaldo already has nine goals to his name in European Championship tournaments, including three in 2016 when Portugal went all the way. That is a joint record with former France star Michel Platini, while Ronaldo holds the overall record, including qualifying goals, with 40.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine European Championship goals / Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Portugal face a tough group with France, Germany and Hungary, but up to three countries can progress from each group to reach the knockouts and the holders remain one of the hot favourites to lift the trophy. They have much more quality than in 2016.

Lewandowski scored 48 goals in only 40 appearances at club level for Bayern Munich in 2020/21, making it a fifth consecutive season in which he has gone over 40 in all competitions. Everything would suggest that the Pole should be well placed to light up Euro 2020 this summer, although he has underwhelmed at international tournaments in the past.

A quarter of all those who voted have backed Kane to add to the World Cup golden boot he won in 2018. The Tottenham star appears to have put the ankle injury worries that disrupted his 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns behind him and was back to his best this season, scoring 33 times in all competitions and winning his third Premier League golden boot.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane is England's chief goal threat / Pool/Getty Images

Lukaku, meanwhile, has silenced his critics since moving to Inter in 2019 and scoring 64 across his first two seasons with the new Serie A champions. Despite being an international player since 2010, he has really stepped up his goalscoring for Belgium, with 49 international goals coming in his last 51 appearances since 2016 – his return before that was 11 in 42.

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