Euro 2020 begins Friday evening with the Italy-Turkey duel. Who will succeed Antoine Griezmann with the title of top scorer of the competition?
2018 World Cup top scorer (6 goals), Harry kane is one of the big favorites to win this title at the Euro. He is coming off a good season with Tottenham (23 goals and 14 assists in the Premier League), and will be the indisputable holder at the forefront of the English attack, where he will not lack support (Rashfort, Sancho, Mount, Sterling , Foden, Grealish…). In addition, it is he who draws the penalties, an essential parameter to raise the counter.
Silver shoe of the 2018 World Cup with its 4 goals, Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly the other big favorite for the classification of the best scorers of the Euro. Like Kane, he has just had a superb club season with Inter Milan (24 goals and 11 assists in Serie A). Like Kane, he will be well endowed with creators with Belgium (De Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens, Tielemans…). And like Kane, he is usually responsible for taking penalties.
The Blues have a fiery attack, at least on paper, but which of the three expected holders will be able to do well? Antoine Griezmann had finished top scorer at Euro 2016 with 6 goals, and he was again the top scorer for France at the 2018 World Cup, with 4 goals, including 3 penalties. He remains a very credible candidate. Karim Benzema too, even though he’s anything but a selfish center-forward. Perhaps this is Kylian Mbappé who could benefit from the passing qualities of his two teammates …
Impossible to exclude from the contenders the top European scorer in history (104 goals in selection), who has just dominated the ranking of scorers in Serie A (27 goals). Within a team from Portugal which has the weapons to keep for its trophy conquered in 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the # 1 threat in front of goal. And he too will have good people around him (Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Joao Félix, Bernardo Silva…).
He is arguably the best pure center-forward in Europe, and his season of 41 Bundesliga goals (a record) reminded him once again. Robert lewandowski would be the logical favorite if he was assured of playing as many games as his rivals, but he will no doubt need a good run from Poland. Behind Spain, it will undoubtedly be necessary to fight with Sweden and Slovakia to get out of Group E. He had only been able to score once during Euro 2016, and only once also four years earlier. .
Memphis Depay has taken on the role of leader of the Netherlands attack (7 goals in 12 games this season). Ciro Immobile, he will be the No. 9 holder of an Italy team which displays a prowled collective, and remains on a series of 27 matches without defeats. The Spaniards also have arguments (Morata, Moreno, Ferran Torres…), but the responsibilities should be distributed, as in Germany (Müller, Gnabry, Havertz, Werner…). In the least expected countries, we can add the names of Burak Yilmaz (Turkey), or even Artem Dzyuba (Russia).
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