The whole world can’t wait for the countries’ Champions League to kick off on Friday as all 24 European nations take on one another in the 6-group tournament. If there is something that is sure to happen in France from June 10 to July 10, it’s goals aplenty. The best strikers across the 5 elite leagues will be banging in the goals, and although the European golden boot winner for last season’s campaign, Luis Suarez isn’t around, as he’s far away in South America with his Uruguayan team at the Copa, the goal-threats of forwards available won’t make us miss him. Here are 5 lethal finishers who are most likely to slug it out for the golden boot.
Coming off the strength of his 25 league goals, the Tottenham forward is set to lead the Three Lions attack ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy who notched 24 goals. Kane definitely wants to prove his worth on international level, and having scored some handful of goals in the England shirt already, adding more against the likes of Wales, Russia and Slovakia in the group stage is his top priority. And with the team having some decent chances of making it to the round of 16 and quarter finals, having like 5 or more goals shouldn’t be hard for the 22-year-old.
The race for this year’s Balon D’or will also put the performances at international level into considerations. Ronaldo’s only threat from landing a 4th prize, Messi, has got a good chance of winning the Copa with Argentina, and although that can’t be said of Ronaldo with Portugal at France, the free-scoring forward will at least be hoping to bang in the goals. His performances at international level has always come into questions, and in a group with Iceland, Hungary and Austria as opponents, putting in some goals behind the net shouldn’t be issue for the 31-year-old.
Spain’s last friendly before the Euros ended in a defeat at the hands of Georgia – a team not in top 100 according to the FIFA Rankings. And that is no thanks to Atletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz who failed to convert many begging chances in the lone goal humbling. That should see Juventus’ Morata claim the starting berth as striker for La Roja after brilliant displays and goals in his last games. But if he will be able to find the net against Turkey, Croatia and Peter Cech’s Czech Republic will be a proof of his quality. Yes he should be able to. Or maybe not. But for the benefit of the doubt, Morata has what it takes to steal the golden boot.
Yes! The Arsenal forward should be in top 3 highest goalscorers in his home country. With Benzema absent, the striker will be leading France’s attack, and getting some couple of goals against Albania, Romania and Switzerland is very certain for Olivier. Truth be told, he has looked sharp in front of goal for Les Bleus, and there is nothing stopping him from snatching the golden boot right at home. That might just be all he needs to prove his worth to Arsenal fans.
The only false 9 who always pops up when such discussions are made is this Bayern Munich forward. Play him as a number 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11, you are rest assured that Thomas Muller will get the goals. Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine wouldn’t be able to stop this threat of a player. His brilliance both aerially and with his foot makes him a favorite candidate to land the golden boot, but since its a season of surprises, there could just be some unknown names topping that goalscoring charts.