Goals, Goals, Goals: The Euro’s Top Goalscorers
February 26, 2016
The Euros are just around the corner and a number of players are in incredible form destined to battle it out not only to win the competition, but to land the Golden Boot too.
However, there are also a number of players who could be in contention of becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer. Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo go into the tournament with six goals apiece and will be doing their utmost to net four to surpass the top scorer and write their name further into legend.
But who do the pair need to beat? We take a look at the men to beat this summer.
Patrick Kluivert – 6
Patrick Kluivert was one of the greatest strikers of his generation winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2000, helping his team reach the Semi-Final only to fall on penalties to the Italians. During the tournament he banged in five goals in as many games with a total Championship record standing at six goals in nine games, just one place ahead of Ibrahimovic with six in 10.
Over the years Kluivert won numerous titles with Ajax, Barcelona and PSG, including the UEFA Champions League and La Liga, as well as earning the Dutch Player of the Year in 1995.
Ruud van Nistelrooy – 6
Throughout his career Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of the most lethal finishers in the game for the national team was finding the back of the net every other game. For United he was key in securing the Premier League and FA Cup, whilst his time at Real Madrid saw him lift two La Liga titles.
He made his debut in a major tournament at Euro 2004 and scored in all three matches during the Group Stage and in the following tournament in Austria and Switzerland he was in the goals again scoring two before falling 3-1 to Russia in the Quarter-Finals.
Alan Shearer – 7
Alan Shearer will be remembered as one of England’s greatest ever strikers and although he doesn’t hold the record like Wayne Rooney, his performances in major tournaments outshine the current captain comfortably.
Scoring seven goals in just nine European Championship games he’s the second highest scorer of all time, although it’s likely both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic will match that in the next tournament.
He helped take the Three Lions to the Semi-Finals of Euro 96, where they crashed out on penalties at Wembley, a tournament where he finished top scorer with five goals.
Michel Platini – 9
Not only is Michel Platini the European Championships highest ever scorer, he also did it in one tournament. During Euro 1984 he was simply unstoppable banging in nine goals in just five games including the winner in the Semi-Finals and giving them the lead in the Final.
Of course today Platini is not a man to be celebrated, but this is one aspect of football he can’t be wiped from, not unless Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan can terrorise a few defences this summer.