Golden Boot Odds: Our Top Five Picks

Throughout the ages, the Golden Boot award has been a coveted prize that has motivated strikers from around the world. Being the top scorer at the World Cup or European Championship, is particularly coveted, as this is where the best players on the planet compete against one another for the ultimate prizes.

Throughout the ages, the Golden Boot award has been a coveted prize that has motivated strikers from around the world. Being the top scorer at the World Cup or European Championship, is particularly coveted, as this is where the best players on the planet compete against one another for the ultimate prizes.

The Euro 2016 tournament will be no different, with a total of 24 countries competing for the title for the first time. Each has their own star striker, who will aim to lead their nation to success while also keeping an eye on the destination of the Golden Boot.

So without further ado, here are our top five picks for the Golden Boot award at the Bethut…

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

The 15/2 favourite with 888sport.com, Ronaldo will be more motivated than ever to star at a major international tournament. Now into his thirties and spurred on by the memory of losing to Greece on home soil in the final of 2004, Ronaldo will be hungry for goals and keen to see his side reach the final at the Stade de France. With more than 500 career goals and 56 in 125 appearances for the national team, he offers good value to claim the Golden Boot in France.

Thomas Muller, Germany

At 9/1, Thomas Muller offers the best value of our five forwards. A technically-proficient forward who can play anywhere across the front line, Muller’s positional sense and movement make him a danger for any defence. Despite playing in multiple positions throughout his international career, he has scored an impressive 32 goals in 71 outings for the national team. He also has form in major tournaments, having lifted the Golden Boot at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Antoine Griezmann, France

Another modern forward with the flexibility to play in wide and central positions, Griezmann has emerged as a first-class maker and scorer of goals at the highest level. A star of the Athletico Madrid side that reached the UCL final last season, he has plundered 57 goals in just 107 appeareances for Diego Simeone’s men since signing two years ago. He has also scored seven goals for France in 27 outings, and is something of an outside punt at 11/1.

Olivier Giroud, France

While some may scoff at the inclusion of the stylish Frenchman, Giroud is a talented and cultured forward that brings a different dimension to the French squad. His strengths go far beyond his goal scoring, as he is also an expert technician with a tremendous ability to bring others into play. Giroud should not be underestimated as a goal scorer, however, as he has just enjoyed his most prolific season with Arsenal (24 goals in 54 outings) and is in the midst of his best year with the national team.

At 13/1, he may just represent a risk worth taking.

Zlatan Ibrahamovic, Sweden

For our fifth pick, we have selected our favourite outside bet in the form of the irrepressible Zlatan Ibrahamovic. The Swedish forward will be playing in his last international tournament in Euro 2016, and will be motivated to deliver his best showing in view of a global audience. Above all else, Zlatan has more than 400 career goals to his name, including 62 in 113 appearances for the national team and many others for top teams across Europe.

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