These players wrote their names into the record books with plenty of goals for their nations.
Patrik Schick found the net yet again, but the Czech Republic’s sensational run at UEFA Euro 2020 came to an end. The Czechs were beaten 1-2 by Denmark, who advanced to the semi-finals for the first time since 1992. But, despite the disappointment, Schick joined elite company after scoring his fifth goal in this edition. His strike against Denmark put him joint-third on the list of highest scorers at a single UEFA Euro tournament.
Schick scored in four of the five games Czech Republic played at Euro 2020. The 0-1 defeat to England in the group stage was the only time the 25-year-old failed to find the net. His tally of five goals included a brace against Scotland. Schick joins Cristiano Ronaldo as the only two players to score five goals each in this year’s UEFA Euro tournament. All of Ronaldo’s goals came in the group stage.
They are, however, well behind in the list of most goals scored at a single Europen Championship. Ronaldo and Schick are now among seven players to have scored five goals each in a Euro campaign. The list contains some of the most illustrious names to have ever graced the pitch.
Khel Now takes a look at the top 10 highest scorers at a single UEFA Euro Championship tournament.
10) Harry Kane (England) – 4 goals
After drawing blanks in the Euro 2020 group stage, Harry Kane burst into life in the knockout stages and scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Germany. The England skipper then followed it with a brace against Ukraine, who England thrashed 4-0 in the quarter-final. Kane initially struggled against Denmark in the semis but turned a hero when England were awarded a penalty in extra-time. He stepped up but missed the spot kick. However, Kane scored on the rebound to take England to their first major final in 55 years.
9) Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) – 5 goals
Labelled as a flop during his time in Italy at Roma, Patrik Schick silenced his critics with his stunning performances at Euro 2020. His goals included a strike from the halfway line against Scotland, in the Czech Republic’s first game of the tournament. Despite Czech Republic’s ouster from the tournament, Schick will go done as one of the highest scorers in this UEFA Euro edition.
8) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 5 goals
Despite a disappointing campaign with Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Serie A Golden Boot. The 36-year-old carried his goalscoring form into Euro 2020. He scored five goals and took a below-par Portugal into the knockout rounds. But, the defending Euro and Nations League champions lost to a superior Belgium in the last 16.
7. Milan Baros (Czech Republic) – 5 goals
The Czech legend was inspirational in his side’s push to the semi-finals at the 2004 European Championships. Baros, a Champions League winner with Liverpool, scored five goals, including a stunning volley from the edge of the box against the Netherlands.
6. Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands) – 5 goals
The Dutch legend shared the Golden Boot with Milosevic at Euro 2000. The Barcelona man sprinkled his magic across the tournament, including a stunning hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals. Kluivert, could have ended the tournament with six goals. However, his fourth on the night was contentiously awarded to Dejan Govedarica.
5. Savo Milosevic (Yugoslovakia) – 5 goals
The Yugoslavian Savo Milosevic was in prolific form at Euro 2000, despite his side failing to make it past the quarterfinals stage. The former Aston Villa man’s performances at the Euros earned him a big-money move to Serie A side Parma.
4. Alan Shearer (England) – 5 goals
In 1996, English phenomenon Alan Shearer scored five goals in England’s run to the semi-finals of the tournament. England crashed out to Germany on penalties. But, the tournament was a highlight in Shearer’s illustrious career.
3. Marco van Basten (Netherlands) – 5 goals
The Dutchman was the talisman in the Netherlands’ historic European Championship win in 1988. The AC Milan striker came into the side in the second game of the tournament and hit his stride almost instantly. Van Basten scored a number of important goals over the course of the campaign, but none was more crucial and indeed spectacular than his volley into the top corner against the Soviet Union in the final.
2. Antoinne Griezmann (France) – 6 goals
The erstwhile Atletico Madrid attacker was in the form of his life at Euro 2016. Antoine Griezmann was the driving force behind Les Bleus’ charge to the final, where they lost to Portugal. Griezmann however, won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals. His brace against Germany in the semis was spectacular and is arguably one of the best individual performances in the tournament’s history.
1. Michel Platini (France) – 9 goals
The French side that won Euro 1984 was spearheaded by the mercurial Michel Platini. He was part of the famous Carre Magique midfield alongside Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Luis Fernández.
Platini scored in each of the five games, including consecutive hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. His nine goals in 1984 make Platini the highest scorer in a single UEFA Euro campaign.