UEFA Euro 2020

Euro 2020 - The Golden Boot contenders

Robbie Copeland
Ronaldo is the current top scorer
Ronaldo is the current top scorer / Tibor Illyes - Pool/Getty Images
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And breathe.

24 games and 94 goals into Euro 2020, the group stage is finally behind us, and we have a couple of days to gather our thoughts and get ready for the round of 16.

It's been a high-scoring tournament so far, averaging nearly four goals per game, and the goals have been pretty evenly spread - with only one player managing more than three across their three group games.

So what better time to take a minute to look back over the most prolific goalscorers so far, and remind ourselves who is likely* to be taking home that coveted Golden Boot come 11 July?

*To avoid it getting messy, we've set a criteria of at least three goal involvements so far. So apologies to Karim Benzema and Raheem Sterling and others, for whom there is still hope!


7. Ciro Immobile - 2 goals, 1 assist

Only one 90min writer pipped Immobile for the Golden Boot before the tournament started. It was this 90min writer.

That doesn't look like a particularly bad pick either, considering he scored in both of his appearances before he was dropped for the final game against Wales.

Have a word, Mancini. There's bragging rights on the line here.


6. Memphis Depay - 2 goals, 2 assists

The Netherlands have started the tournament on fire, banging in the goals left, right and centre on their way through Group C.

They netted eight times from four different scorers to finish on a 100% record, and right in amongst it was Depay, who scored twice and assisted two more, registering a goal involvement in each of their three matches.

Forget the Golden Boot - he'll have his eye on the Golden Ball too at this rate.


5. Emil Forsberg - 3 goals, 0 assists

Sweden are often the lazy 'dark horse' pick when the Euros come around, but this year, it's not without merit. Janne Andersson's team have been in fine form, navigating their way through a tough group to finish above Spain in top spot.

And while it's the young guns and Our 21 stars Dejan Kulusevski and Alexander Isak who are leading the charge into the brave, post-Zlatan era, it's still Emil Forsberg at the centre of it all for Sweden.

The RB Leipzig man fired a double against Poland to take him onto three for the tournament, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him notch another goal or two against Ukraine in the next round.


4. Patrick Schick - 3 goals, 0 assists

Much to the misery of the nation of Scotland, that Schick goal against David Marshall will be played on the highlight reels for a long time to come.

It was just one of three he has netted at the tournament so far though. He'd silenced a raucous Hampden crowd with a header earlier in the match, and went on to score against Croatia to seal his side's passage into the round of 16.


3. Georginio Wijnaldum - 3 goals, 0 assists

Liverpool fans, look away now.

Jurgen Klopp's favourite son is a PSG player now and he is warming up for his move to Ligue 1 with a phenomenal European Championships so far.

He scored in the Netherlands' opening win over Ukraine and hit a poacher's double against Macedonia, and while it's unlikely he'll be the one to get his hands on that Golden Boot in a couple of weeks' time, you just can't rule it out.


2. Romelu Lukaku - 3 goals, 0 assists

He was one of the pre-tournament favourites to finish as top scorer and he's shown exactly why with three inspiring performances to send Belgium through with minimal fuss.

Three in three is the sort of return Belgium expect from their attacking focal point, and with Kevin De Bruyne back fit and feeding the balls in, you really wouldn't be surprised to see him double his tally from here.


1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 5 goals, 1 assist

And then there's Ronaldo, sitting two goals out in front of anyone else, because of course he is.

Two penalties against France mean the Portugal captain is one goal away from becoming the all-time top scorer in international football. And let's be honest, he's going to get there, isn't he?

With Belgium up next in the round of 16, Portugal could really do with him shattering the record at their expense.


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