With one game to go, it’s that man again at the top of another goal-scoring chart. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo leads Euro 2021 with five goals and if Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling don’t catch up in their Euro championship match against Italy, he’ll come away with the top scorer award despite being eliminated a few rounds ago.

Kane is just one goal behind Ronaldo, but he’ll need two to overtake him, unless he also gets a couple of assists in the final. That’s because assists are the first tiebreaker in case players are tied on goals scored. Sterling is two goals back.

The Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick actually caught up to Ronaldo in the scorer standings, but Ronaldo’s lone assist gives him the edge based on the tiebreaker (see below). 

The top scorer honor would be the latest in a decorated career for the 36-year-old Ronaldo, who has been the sportsbooks’ favorite to win the Euro Golden Boot. He’s the all-time leading scorer at Euro tournaments  (14 goals) and he is also tied for the most international goals ever scored by a male player. The Portuguese international is coming off a season which saw him top the Italian Serie A scoring charts with Juventus (29 goals).

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If players score the same number of goals, there are the tiebreakers that determine their final ranking in the scoring table. 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 chart follows below. If “Own Goal” was an actual entry in these rankings, it would be in the lead. The 11 own goals scored during the tournament easily surpass Ronaldo’s total.

Euro 2021 Top Scorers

Ranking Player Team Goals Assists Minutes Played
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 5 1 360
  Patrik Schick Czech Republic 5 0 404
3. Karim Benzema France 4 0 349
  Emil Forsberg Sweden 4 0 371
  Romelu Lukaku Belgium 4 0 444
  Harry Kane England 4 0 529
7. Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland 3 1 371
  Raheem Sterling England 3 1 521
  Kasper Dolberg Denmark 3 0 225
  Robert Lewandowski Poland 3 0 270
  Haris Seferovic Switzerland 3 0 301
  Georginio Wijnaldum Netherlands 3 0 360
  Alvaro Morata Spain 3 0 452
14. Pablo Sarabia Spain 2 2 252
  Memphis Depay Netherlands 2 2 327
  Andriy Yarmolenko Ukraine 2 2 445
  Ivan Perisic Croatia 2 1 261
  Ferran Torres Spain 2 1 366
  Ciro Immobile Italy 2 1 390
  Roman Yaremchuk Ukraine 2 1 430
  Joakim Maehle Denmark 2 1 570
  Matteo Pessina Italy 2 0 191
  Yussuf Poulsen Denmark 2 0 295
  Manuel Locatelli Italy 2 0 248
  Thorgan Hazard Belgium 2 0 268
  Kai Havertz Germany 2 0 304
  Denzel Dumfries Netherlands 2 0 315
  Mikkel Damsgaard Denmark 2 0 330
  Federico Chiesa Italy 2 0 352

Note: Total of 51 players tied with one goal in the tournament.

UEFA didn’t recognize the top scorer with an official award before Euro 1996 . Here are the winners of the top scorer honor 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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