Ronaldo STILL leads Euro 2020 Golden Boot race

Ronaldo STILL leads Euro 2020 Golden Boot race

4 weeks and 50 matches on from the opening match of Euro 2020, we’ve got only one recreation remaining: Sunday’s ultimate between Italy and England at Wembley (LIVE on Football4cast/Football4cast+ at Three p.m. ET).

A total of 140 objectives have been scored throughout 11 totally different cities since we kicked off with Italy’s 3-Zero win over Turkey on June 11 in Rome. That is a price of two.Eight objectives per recreation, with a purpose scored as soon as each 32 minutes on common.

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Amazingly sufficient, Cristiano Ronaldo is still perched at the summit of the goal-scoring charts despite his involvement ending with Portugal’s elimination in the round of 16.

Ronaldo scored five goals in four games before Portugal were knocked out by Belgium, the same number as Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick, who made one more appearance as his country reached the quarterfinals.

However, Ronaldo also has an assist to his name — meaning that the Juventus superstar is narrowly ahead in the running to win the Golden Boot due to the criteria by which UEFA rank the contenders. Should two or more players end the tournament at the top of the chart with the same number of goals, UEFA will use assists as a tiebreaker, then fewest minutes played and then, finally, goals scored in qualifying if necessary to declare a winner.

With just Italy and England left in the competition, and a maximum of 120 minutes of playing time remaining, can anyone deny Ronaldo adding yet another elite accolade to his incredible career?

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus)

Cristiano Ronaldo became the top goal scorer in European Championship history at Euro 2020. Getty

Goals: 5
Assists: 1
Minutes played (appearances): 360 (4)
Minutes per goal: 72
Goals in qualifying: 11
Shots (on target): 16 (8)
Next opponent: Eliminated

Four of Ronaldo’s five goals at Euro 2020 came from the penalty spot. His two late spot kicks put the gloss on Portugal’s opening 3-0 win against Hungary, before another two sealed a 2-2 draw with France that ensured the defending champions progressed to the knockout phase. Between those, however, was a a stunning effort in the 4-2 loss against Germany in which he sprinted the length of the pitch to round off a rapid counter-attack.

Targets: 4
Assists: 0
Minutes performed (appearances): 529 (6)
Minutes per purpose: 132.2
Targets in qualifying: 12
Photographs (on goal): 15 (8)

After failing to attain in any respect through the group stage, a flurry of 4 objectives in three knockout video games sees Kane well-positioned to overhaul Ronaldo and Schick with one recreation left to play. Sadly for the Spurs striker, he wants so as to add not less than one other two objectives to his tally within the ultimate, and achieve this in opposition to one of many meanest defences in world football.

Kane had his extra-time penalty in Wednesday’s semifinal saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, however the England captain fired dwelling the rebound to make sure he has scored all 4 of his objectives from open play. Ronaldo netted 4 of his 5 objectives at this match from the penalty spot.

Germany legend Gerd Muller was the final European participant to say the Golden Boot award at two successive main worldwide tournaments (the 1970 World Cup and 1972 Euros), and it is nonetheless throughout the realms of risk that 2018 World Cup prime scorer Kane might emulate that feat.

Targets: 3
Assists: 1
Minutes performed (appearances): 521 (6)
Minutes per purpose: 173.6
Targets in qualifying: 8
Photographs (on goal): 14 (7)

Gareth Southgate’s aspect made cautious progress via the group stage, however there was nonetheless room for Sterling to shine. The nimble ahead scored the one purpose in every of England’s 1-Zero wins in opposition to Croatia and Czech Republic. Sterling’s objectives secured England’s progress as winners of Group D and despatched them into the spherical of 16, the place one other inspirational purpose from the Wembley native boy helped get rid of long-time match nemesis Germany.

Sterling has already cemented his nationwide hero standing, however he additionally got here inside a whisker of including a fourth purpose to his Euro 2020 tally within the semis. Nevertheless, it was Denmark captain Simon Kjaer who slid in simply forward of the Manchester Metropolis man to inadvertently divert the ball into his personal purpose and open the scoring on Wednesday night time.

Targets: 2
Assists: 0
Minutes performed (appearances): 422 (5)
Minutes per purpose: 176
Targets in qualifying: 0
Photographs (on goal): 14 (5)

Italy have shared the objectives out on their run to the ultimate with their 12 objectives unfold out amongst six of their very own gamers, plus one personal purpose. It should take actually exceptional private efficiency in a goalfest of a ultimate for any of Roberto Mancini’s gamers to finish up as prime scorer, however what’s football if not a spot for miracles?

Chiesa needed to wait till the spherical of 16 to open his account, curling in a phenomenal effort in opposition to Austria to open the scoring in extra-time. The Juventus ahead adopted that up by opening scoring in opposition to Spain in a tense and thrilling semifinal which the Azzurri finally gained on penalties. He should still be a way off within the Golden Boot stakes, however Chiesa is hitting kind, proving himself to be a big-game participant, and discovering a knack of chipping in with objectives at necessary phases in crunch ties. England beware.

Targets: 2
Assists: 1
Minutes performed (appearances): 390 (5)
Minutes per purpose: 195
Targets in qualifying: 3
Photographs (on goal): 17 (3)

A participant who sums up Italy’s group work ethic, Motionless has grafted tirelessly to chase, harry and press whereas additionally offering a purpose menace as Mancini’s first-choice ahead. Nevertheless, regardless of pot-shots aplenty, the Lazio striker hasn’t scored because the group stage. Apart from hitting the woodwork in opposition to Austria within the spherical of 16, he hasn’t actually come near rising his purpose depend.

Targets: 2
Assists: 0
Minutes performed (appearances): 422 (5)
Minutes per purpose: 211
Targets in qualifying: 3
Photographs (on goal): 14 (6)

After scoring his first purpose at Euro 2020 within the opening match, it took Insigne till the quarterfinals for Insigne to double his tally. The diminutive ahead has been an important cog within the Azzurri machine by pulling strings, dribbling at defenders and protecting huge quantities of floor defensively. Whereas it will take a very momentous exhibition of particular person star energy for Insigne to prime the purpose charts, the potential for him to provide one thing particular within the ultimate is kind of obvious.

Targets: 2
Assists: 0
Minutes performed (appearances): 248 (4)
Minutes per purpose: 124
Targets in qualifying: 0
Photographs (on goal): 4 (3)

Whereas impressing with quite a lot of energetic performances, each of Locatelli’s objectives on the match got here throughout the identical recreation — a 3-Zero win in opposition to Switzerland in Italy’s second group-stage match. He is discovered himself on the bench all through the knockout part, coming on as a late substitute in opposition to Austria and Spain and never that includes in any respect in opposition to Belgium within the quarters.

Targets: 2
Assists: 0
Minutes performed (appearances): 191 (4)
Minutes per purpose: 95.5
Targets in qualifying: 0
Photographs (on goal): 3 (2)

Pessina scored in successive matches, first in opposition to Wales in Italy’s ultimate group-stage outing after which once more (after coming off the bench) in extra-time in opposition to Austria. The midfielder was then an unused substitute in opposition to Belgium within the quarterfinals earlier than coming into the fray in opposition to Spain within the semis within the 74th minute.

Golden Boot for personal objectives?

We could not point out the pursuit of the Golden Boot award with out giving an honourable point out to the one title which has graced the scoresheet greater than some other. The actual prime scorer at Euro 2020 is “personal purpose,” who opened the scoring on the match by breaking the impasse between Italy and Turkey within the very first match and going from energy to energy since then,

“Personal purpose” has comfortably outperformed Ronaldo, Schick, Kane, Sterling and Benzema, scoring 11 objectives at Euro 2020 to this point. We noticed eight gamers rating in opposition to their very own team within the group stage (together with the very first purpose of the match and in the identical recreation: Spain vs. Slovakia), one within the spherical of 16, one within the quarterfinals, and one within the semifinals.

Euro 2020 has simply surpassed the total variety of personal objectives scored at each different European Championship mixed, with simply 9 personal objectives scored throughout the 15 earlier tournaments.

If anyone deserves an award for his or her unbelievable particular person contribution to the competitors, it is “personal purpose.”

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