Euro 2020 Golden Boot’s 7 most likely contenders to take home coveted prize

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Euro 2020 could be one of the most enthralling tournaments in some time with numerous sides in the mix to take home the prize – and the same can be said of the Golden Boot.

Indeed, it's time to take a look at players most likely to be featured on the scoresheet for their respective national sides during the Euros.

Michel Platini previously scored nine in a single tournament and Portugal sensation Cristiano Ronaldo went on to equal his record, but has featured in three more Euros – with this one to start in a matter of hours.

Ronaldo will once again be out for glory, but he'll be facing competition. Here, we take a look at some of the most likely contenders to win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

International record: 173 games/103 goals

The global superstar might have entered his twilight years, but he will be as hungry as ever. The attacker is the all-time record goalscorer for his national team (103) and the second-highest overall men's international goalscorer in history. Not only that, but a second victory for Portugal on the international stage would mark a consecutive Euro's triumph.

No doubt Ronaldo will be one of the most hungry to get on the scoresheet at this summer's tournament, while it might also be the 36-year-old’s swansong on the international stage.

Harry Kane (England)

International record: 54 games/34 goals

Harry Kane starred for Tottenham once again this past season in the Premier League, despite the instability at the North London club.

He was awarded the Golden Boot for the 2018 World Cup and you might suspect he would be something near that target again, especially with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden around him who can provide opportunities.

Who do you think will win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kylian Mbappe (France)

International record: 47 games/17 goals

The former World Cup winner didn't come away from last season with much silverware to speak of – Lille won Ligue 1 and Chelsea the Champions League – but despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, the 22-year-old blistering forward has developed to frightening new heights of ability. He scored 42 goals in 47 games last season.

Everyone will have their eyes out for France during the Euros, even if that's just to watch Mbappe unleash his talent.

His side are one of the favourites to win the Euros this summer and that will provide him with more games than his competition. It's, perhaps, unlikely you'll find yourself out of pocket should you put a small wager on the Frenchman winning the Golden Boot.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

International record: 91 games/59 goals

Another on the list who tops his nation as all-time top scorer – but unlike the aforementioned Ronaldo, Lukaku enjoyed league success in Italy last campaign. His 24 goals in the competition helped Antonio Conte's Inter Milan win the Scudetto.

This is THE golden generation of Belgian talent, and should the 28-year-old former Manchester United striker find himself putting away the chances which his equally-adept teammates will undoubtedly provide, he and his nation stand a real chance of claiming their first-ever international piece of silverware.

Alvaro Morata (Spain)

International record: 39 games/19 goals

It might well be unfair to say, but Alvaro Morata being the first choice for Luis Enrique's side is a stark indication of how the former winners have certainly fallen from their dominance in the early 2010s.

There's a chance Morata will win the Golden Boot – and he does have a wealth of creativity behind him in midfield, which could be enough to get on the scoresheet on a few occasions at least.

Memphis Depay

International record: 63 games/25 goals

The Netherlands attacker notched four goals in four games this past season – but can he deliver on one of the biggest international stages of his country?

He scored 22 goals in all competitions and such numbers speak of an individual who is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. So much so he's been linked to Barcelona.

But the attacker's main prowess has seldom been in scoring goals, rather creating dangerous opportunities and generally being a real handful for defenders.

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Ciro Immobile

International record: 45 games/12 goals

Immobile's rise has come late in his career. His best numbers at club level come from over the past two seasons at Lazio – 81 games and 64 goals in those terms. On the international stage, however, it's been a different affair for the veteran striker, who has only struck 12 goals.

Maybe he can pull some of that magic he's capable of conjuring in Rome but given the talent we have listed above, it'll be a tough task for the 31-year-old.

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