Golden Boot Contenders

Every net-botherer wants a Golden Boot on their mantelpiece, but who will return home from Euro 2016 with the most coveted yet impractical of footwear tucked under their arm?


Portugal Caps 125. Goals 56

His goalscoring form at club level is as mind-blowing as ever and a quick glance at the other teams in Portugal’s group – Hungary, Iceland and Austria – gives you the feeling that Fernando Santos’ side won’t need to go too far in the competition for Ronaldo to trouble the top of the scorers’ chart.


Poland Caps 75. Goals 34

Europe’s hottest out-and-out striker, Lewandowski scored 13 goals in qualifying to match the tournament record set by Northern Irishman David Healy (yes, really) eight years previously.

Poland may not give Lewandowski the service he enjoys at Bayern, but group foes Ukraine and Northern Ireland will still be terrified.


Sweden Caps 112. Goals 62

Having netted in each of the past three European Championships, Zlatan has form in this competition, even if Sweden have struggled.

It’s also worth noting that with six, the big man is just three goals shy of the Euros’ all-time top scorer, Michel Platini – and you know how much he’d love being top dog.


Germany Caps 70. Goals 31

His name may be synonymous with goals, but Thomas isn’t quite as prolific as Gerd in the white of Germany.

Still, his poachers’ positioning, impressive World Cup scoring record (10 goals in 13 matches) and international strike rate nearing a goal every two games make Muller the man for the big occasion.


Belgium Caps 43. Goals 12

His form for a struggling Everton side has drawn admiring glances from Europe’s biggest clubs, so Lukaku will be striding to France full of confidence and chances should be plentiful as he takes to the field alongside some of the most creative players on the continent. Belgium’s group is tough, but if they go far Lukaku should be a contender.


France Caps 26. Goals 7

With Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud consistently inconsistent, it’s likely that Atletico’s 20-goals-per-season forward will have to carry the French attack this summer.

Griezmann has only scored twice for Les Bleus since the beginning of 2015, but as Alan Shearer showed at Euro 96, form goes out of the window if the hosts gain momentum.


England Caps 10. Goals 4

The 22-year-old is the first English player since 1996 to score 20 goals in successive top-flight seasons.

Kane has a knack of finding the bottom corner of the net and his blossoming partnership with Dele Alli at Spurs has already borne fruit, but can it be recreated at international level? And will Roy Hodgson play him in his best position?


Austria Caps 51. Goals 26

Having netted with exceptional regularity for Swiss side Basel this season and scored the same number of goals as Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney in qualifying (seven), Janko is a potential dark horse.

Goals against Iceland and Hungary would certainly help. Oh, he’s a long shot all right, but if Milan Baros could do it in 2004…

Words Ben Clark; Golden Boot picture Adidas

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