The Greatest Goal Scorers in European Championship History

With Euro 2024 on the horizon, it's time to look back at the greatest goal scorers in the history of the European Championship. These legendary players have not only achieved remarkable feats but also created unforgettable moments etched in football history. In this article, we highlight the top five all-time EURO topscorers and delve into their impressive stats and records.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Undisputed King of the Euros

14 Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the all-time Euro goal-scoring chart with a staggering 14 goals. Since his debut in 2004, Ronaldo has been a formidable force for the Portuguese national team.

  • Made his debut at Euro 2004 as a teenager.
  • Holds the record for the most goals in Euro history.
  • Participated in five Euro tournaments and is set for his sixth at Euro 2024.

Ronaldo's international career spans three decades. His dominance is unmatched, and he is likely to extend his record at the upcoming Euro 2024.

Michel Platini: The French Maestro

9 Goals

Michel Platini, one of the greatest names in French football, ranks second with nine goals. Remarkably, he scored all his goals in a single tournament.

  • Scored all 9 goals at Euro 1984.
  • Holds the record for the most goals in a single Euro edition.
  • Led France to victory on home soil.

Platini's achievements in 1984 remain legendary, and his record for the most goals in a single tournament is still unbeaten.

Antoine Griezmann: The Modern French Star

7 Goals

Antoine Griezmann is one of the modern stars on this list, sharing third place with 7 goals. His knack for scoring in crucial moments has made him a key player for France.

  • Debuted in 2016 and scored 6 goals in that tournament.
  • Won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016.
  • Played a pivotal role in France's journey to the final in 2016.

Griezmann’s impressive goal-scoring ability makes him one of the most dangerous forwards in contemporary European football.

Alan Shearer: The English Legend

7 Goals

Alan Shearer, one of England's greatest strikers, netted 7 goals at the Euros. His performances at Euro 96 on home soil are still fondly remembered by fans.

  • Scored 5 goals at Euro 96.
  • Shares third place with Griezmann in the all-time rankings.
  • Added 2 more goals at Euro 2000.

Shearer's prowess in major tournaments solidified his status as one of England's top goal scorers.

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert: Dutch Pride

6 Goals

Dutch legends Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert each have 6 goals in European Championship history. Both players have created unforgettable moments for the Oranje.

  • Van Nistelrooy scored 4 goals at Euro 2004.
  • Kluivert shone at Euro 2000, netting 5 goals in 5 matches.
  • Part of a group of eight players with 6 goals each.

Their performances left a lasting impact on Dutch football and are a source of national pride.

Other Players with 6 Goals

Besides Van Nistelrooy and Kluivert, six other players have scored 6 goals in Euro history, including some of the biggest names in football:

  • Thierry Henry (France)
  • Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
  • Wayne Rooney (England)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
  • Álvaro Morata (Spain)

Each of these players has made their own mark on the tournament and remains a favourite among football fans.

What Do These Records Mean for Euro 2024?

As Euro 2024 approaches, these records set a high bar for future generations. Which current stars will etch their names into history?

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku are favourites to extend their records.
  • Emerging talents could surprise us and make history.

Football fans eagerly anticipate what Euro 2024 will bring, not only in terms of new records but also unforgettable moments and performances.

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Date published: 13-06-2024 | Date updated: 13-06-2024 | Author: Patrick de Graaf

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