Article by: Lakhe Thwala
With the Euro 2020 set to get underway this week after being postponed last-year due to Covid-19, all eyes will be on the contenders for the Euro 2020 Golden Boot Award.
At this point, no football expert would give a definite answer as to who will be awarded the Euro 2020 Golden Boot as there are several world-class-stars who are eager to increase their market value by taking their club level performances to the international stage and lead their beloved nations to glory.
Some of the most in-form and best goal-scorers in world football will be going head-to-head to compete for the prestigious golden boot.
Here is the list for the top 5 contenders for Euro 2020 Golden Boot:
- Kylian Mbappe – France
Arguably the best talent in world football after a 15-year dominance of Messi and Ronaldo, the French forward is expected to lead Les Bleus to the EURO 2020 title and pave his way to his first ever Ballon d’Or award (World Footballer of The Year).
The 22-year-old is heading into the tournament after back-to-back stellar seasons for Paris Saint Germain. The former Monaco starlet managed to register 27 goals in 31 matches in the League 1. The highly-rated star was not done as he also managed to find the net 8-times in 8 Champions League during the 2020/2021 season.
- Harry Kane – England
It was definitely not a good season for Tottenham Hotspur. However, it was a season not to forget for England’s Captain and talisman Harry Kane. The starlet who was once regarded as a one-season-wonder after his breakthrough season in 2014/2015 has gone to become one of the best strikers in world football with his back-to-back impressive displays in the Barclays Premier League.
The 27-year-old is in the form of his life as he managed to register 23 league goals while also providing 14 assists – most by any other player in the English top-flight this season. The versatile star was rewarded with the 2020/2021 Premier League Golden Boot and 2020/2021 Premier League Playmaker award.
The want-away Tottenham Hotspur starlet has also shown his talents on international level, proving that he is not a stage freight victim leading England to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals in Russia, while also winning the Golden Boot award after several heartbreaking performances.
- Antoine Griezman – France
The reigning European Golden Boot holder will be surely looking to defend his title in this year’s competition after he managed to register 6 goals in 7 appearances in Euro 2016. However, the 30-year-old will be facing intense competition as he looks to become the first player to defend his title. Griezman is undoubtedly Deschamps’ favorite after leading Les Bleus to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
- Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Call him the history maker! Despite being 36-years-old, Cristiano Ronaldo is not slowing down as he continues to challenge his ageing body week-in-and-week-out in the Italian top-flight football. Ronaldo became the first player in history to become the top-scorer in a season in England, Spain, and Italy.
The former Real Madrid’s talisman also managed to top the goal-scoring charts in Italy during the 2020/2021 season with 29 goals from 33 matches. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is Portugal’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 134 goals and he will go down as one of the best players of all time.
- Robert Lewandowski – Polland
For those of you who witnessed world class strikers such as Brazilian’s Ronaldo and Germany’s Gerd Muller, Lewandowski is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in his generation. The 32-year-old is arguably one of the best players in the world at present with the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappe.
Lewandowski managed to register 41-goals in Bundesliga for Bayern Munich in the 2020/2021 season, breaking 49-years record previously held by Gerd Muller when he scored 40 league goals. Polland’s all-time leading goal-scorer will be eager to show his splendid performances at international level.
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