Euro 2021 top goal scorer: Updated rankings in the Golden Boot race

It’s that man again at the top of another goal-scorer ranking. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo currently leads the Euro 2021 top scorer chart with three goals, for the moment edging out the Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick by virtue of one assist (more on tiebreakers below).

The 36-year-old Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer at Euro tournaments (12 goals and counting) and he was the most recent top scorer in the Italian Serie A with Juventus (29 goals).

The oddsmakers at DraftKings have Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (two goals) as co-favorites for the award with Schick given the fourth shortest odds since the experts likely don’t project the Czechs to make as deep a tournament run as Portugal (defending champions) or Belgium (ranked No. 1 in the world).

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When players have scored the same number of goals, there are tiebreakers that determine their final ranking in the scoring charts. These were implemented by UEFA beginning with the Euro 2008 tournament:

  1. Most assists provided in Euro 2021
  2. Fewest minutes played in Euro 2021
  3. Most goals scored during Euro 2021 qualifying (including playoffs)
  4. Fewest cards (yellow and red combined) in Euro 2021
  5. Fewest cards (yellow and red combined) in Euro 2021 qualifying

The updated scoring charts follow below. If “Own Goal” was an actual entry in these rankings, it would be in the lead. The five own goals scored during the tournament are more than the tournament-leading tallies by Ronaldo and Schick.

Euro 2021 Top Scorers

Ranking Player Team Goals Assists Minutes Played
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 3 1 180
  Patrik Schick Czech Republic 3 0 161
3. Andriy Yarmolenko Ukraine 2 1 160
  Roman Yaremchuk Ukraine 2 1 160
  Ciro Immobile Italy 2 1 171
  Manuel Locatelli Italy 2 0 160
  Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2 0 180
  Denzel Dumfries Netherlands 2 0 180

Note: Total of 32 players tied with one goal in the tournament.

According to UEFA, there was no official top scorer award before Euro 1996. Here are the winners of the top scorer award since it was instituted:

Euros Top Scorers (since 1996)

Year Player Team Goals
1996 Alan Shearer England 5
2000 Patrick Kluivert Netherlands 5
  Savo Milošević Yugoslavia 5
2004 Milan Baros Czech Republic 5
2008 David Villa Spain 4
2012 Fernando Torres Spain 3
2016 Antoine Griezmann France 6

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