After much anticipation and a delay of a whole year, the Euro 2020 tournament finally kicked off on Friday 11th June 2021, with Turkey facing Italy and sadly losing 3 – 0. Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile were both happy to be joint top scorers at the end of 90 minutes, and if the tournament ended there and then they’d both be crowned winners.
But the road to the Golden Boot isn’t just a case of who is the best goal scorer. The forward also needs to be in a team capable of reaching the later stages of the tournament to give him the best chance to score goals. Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish Hero, for example. No doubt one of the best ever at putting the ball in the back of the net, but with Sweden rarely making it out of the Group stages of International tournaments, Ibra will never win the Golden Boot.
So these players aren’t necessarily the best strikers in Europe at the moment but are most likely to win the Golden Boot.
Romelu Lukaku – Belgium
He got off to a great start, already scoring two goals in Belgium’s first game against. In fact, in 1968, Dragan Džajić won the Golden Boot with just two goals, so maybe Lukaku has done enough to do it already. Lukaku’s form with Inter Milan and Belgium been expected to do quite well in the Euro’s mean Lukakau could well win the Golden Boot. If you want to place a bet on the favourite then check out available payments on Paddy Power.
Kylian Mbappe-Lottin – France
Mbappe helped France win the World Cup in 2018, so you’d think that France would be favourites to win the Euros this time round as well, which in turns means Mbappe is going to get a lot of opportunities to get the goals. Mbappe didn’t quite push PSG over the line in Ligue 1 this season, but he did still win French Golden Boot.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
There are two players you can never write off, and they are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They will both be scoring goals long after critics have written them off. So watch Ronaldo penalty, tap-in and header his way to the Golden Boot this season. Sure Juventus didn’t win the league this season, by Ronaldo still managed to bag 29 goals winning the Serie A golden boot, beating Euro rival Romelu Lukaku.
Harry Kane – England
We can’t talk about the Euro Golden Boot winner without talking about the geezer who won the Golden Boot in the previous World Cup. A certain Tottenham Captain named Harry Kane. But Harry is playing for more than just his country, as he is also rumoured to be looking for a new club during the next summer’s transfer window. So what greater motivation does Mister Kane need than ending 60 years of hurt and getting himself paid. Now that’s what I call a win-win.