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        The Top Active Goalscorers in the History of the UEFA European Championship

        2024/06/13 18:01

        UEFA Euro 2024 is just around the corner and many feel that the race to be crowned champions is one consisting of two horses. The outright favourite is England, a team without a piece of major international silverware since 1966. Just behind them in the betting charts come France, who are hoping to leave that stunning upset defeat to Switzerland in the second round three years ago firmly in the rearview mirror.

        England and France met in the most recent FFA World Cup quarterfinals and it was Les Bleus who ran out victorious. Goals from Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud, coupled with a gobsmacking late penalty miss from Three Lions skipper Harry Kane, were enough to secure a 2-1 victory. As such, it may come as a surprise to hear that it is Gareth Southgate's men, rather than Didier Deschamps', that are earmarked as the early front runners.

        But while much has been made of the tournament's heavy hitting clubs, what of the top goalscorers? Over the years, the likes of Michel Platin and Alan Shearer have shone on the brightest stage. But which active players have scored the most goals in the Euros? 

        Cristiano Ronaldo

        Cristiano Ronaldo isn't just the top scorer among active players. He stands alone at the summit of the UEFA European Championship's all-time goalscoring charts with an astounding 14 goals. The Portuguese man has been a mainstay in the tournament since his debut in 2004, breaking records left, right and centre. Over nearly two decades, CR7 has demonstrated an unmatched consistency and persistent hunger for goals. This summer, he heads to the tournament for a record-extending sixth time.

        His journey in the Euros began when he was a fresh-faced youngster in 2004 when Portugal hosted the tournament. Despite the heartache of losing the final to rank outsiders Greece, Ronaldo's performances were a sign of things to come. He scored his first Euro goal against the eventual champions in the group stages and added another against the Netherlands in the semi-final. The 2012 tournament further solidified his status as one of the best. Ronaldo scored crucial goals against the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, guiding his country to the semi-finals.

        However, it was in 2016 that Ronaldo achieved eternal glory. Not only did he net three goals in the tournament, including a brace against Hungary, but he also captained the Seleção to their first-ever major international trophy, despite being injured in the final and taking on the role of coach/cheerleader against France.

        The 39-year-old was also the second top scorer in qualifying, netting ten goals in as many games as his country won each of their fixtures, conceding just two goals in the process. Oddschecker now made Ronaldo a 14/1 frontrunner to finish the tournament as top scorer once more. The popular odds comparison site has a bucketload of offers available on the action this summer, and it's important to learn how to choose a free bet to take advantage of the options. Oddschecker will help you make that choice, and then some.

        Antoine Griezmann

        While Antoine Griezmann may have become more of a playmaker than an out-and-out goalscorer in recent years, he still comes in second on this list with seven goals to his name in the European Championship. The majority of these came back in Euro 2016, when Griezmann claimed the top scorer award after bagging six goals to help Les Bleus reach the final. Unfortunately, however, it all ended with heartbreak when his side lost out to Ronaldo's Portugal in the Stade de France showpiece.

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        Grizou added a seventh goal in 2021 at the postponed Euro 2020 tournament, bagging against Hungary in the group stages, which took him to third in the all-time list; two more goals this summer will see him draw level with compatriot Michel Platini in second. 

        Romelu Lukaku

        With six goals, Romelu Lukaku is Belgium's top scorer in the history of the UEFA European Championship. And if the recent qualifying campaign is anything to go by, he will be adding to that tally this summer. The former Manchester United man bagged a mighty 14 goals in qualifying, four clear of second place Ronaldo. This included four goals against Azerbaijan, a hat trick away against Sweden, and braces against Austria and Estonia.

        Lukaku's Euro journey began in 2016 when he scored twice in the group stage against the Republic of Ireland. However, it was in Euro 2020 that he truly shone. He scored in Belgium's opening match against Russia and added two more against Finland and Denmark, showcasing his predatory instincts in front of goal. This year may well be Lukaku's last leading the Red Devils line, so he will be aiming to bring the curtain down on his country's 'Golden Generation' in style.


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        2024-06-13 20h00m by eedwards
        As an en-GB football fan, I have to say that England looks like a strong contender for the UEFA Euro 2024 title. However, let's not forget that France has a formidable team as well, and they have a point to prove after their disappointing loss to Switzerland in the last tournament. It will be a tough competition between these two teams, and I can't wait to see who comes out on top.
        2024-06-13 19h41m by a_12_shawcross
        As an England football fan, I have to admit I am feeling quite content with our chances in the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024. Our team has been improving consistently and reaching the semi-finals in the last World Cup was a huge achievement. However, I can't help but feel a bit wary of France and their star-studded lineup. That defeat in the quarterfinals of the World Cup still stings, but I have faith in our team to come out on top in the end.
        2024-06-13 19h04m by nlawson12
        As a football fan, I can't help but feel grateful for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024. It's going to be an exciting race between England and France, with both teams determined to be crowned champions. Personally, I have high hopes for England, but France cannot be underestimated after their recent victory over the Three Lions. Let's hope for another thrilling tournament!
        2024-06-13 18h32m by l_10_brownfield
        As a football fan, I have to say I am brimming with enthusiasm for Euro 2024! The race for the title seems to be between England and France, and I can't wait to see who comes out on top. England may not have won a major international tournament since 1966, but with their impressive performance in the recent World Cup and Gareth Southgate at the helm, they are definitely worthy contenders. And let's not forget France, who are determined to bounce back from


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