Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2020 adventure only lasted four matches, before Portugal’s last 16 elimination at the hands of Belgium, but the No.7 could still win the Golden Boot award despite not being involved in the quarter-finals onwards.
By netting twice against Hungary, twice against France and once against Germany in the first round, in the Group of Death, Ronaldo has five goals to his name and nobody has more. The Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick has five as well, but Ronaldo leads the Bayer Leverkusen striker in the Golden Boot charts because he has one assist – for Diogo Jota’s goal against Germany – to the Czech player’s none.
Schick is, like Ronaldo, already watching the rest of Euro 2020 from afar. So too are the three players who have four goals, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, France’s Karim Benzema and Sweden’s Emil Forsberg.
Of the players with three goals, England’s Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are still alive in the tournament, as is Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg. They could, therefore, find the net enough times to overtake Ronaldo by the end of the tournament, especially as at least one of those three will be playing in the final.
The Italian and Spanish threat to the Golden Boot award, however, is smaller. These are two teams who have spread the goals around. Spain, for example, are the current top scorers in the tournament with 12 goals, but three have been own goals and then they have seven different scorers.
All of this means that Ronaldo still tops the Golden Boot charts for Euro 2020, despite having zero knockout goals to his name. He has won so many individual awards in his career, but has never claimed this honour before. If he holds on, the Euro 2020 Golden Boot would be the latest to add to the forward’s fine collection.