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Who will be the Top Goal Scorer for the UEFA Euro Cup 2016??
Goals pump up our blood and bring excitement to the beautiful game of football. Every football tournament is celebrated with goals and the astonishing ones usually propel the scorer to an elite status.
Think Marco Van Basten’s volley, Paul Gasciogne’s one touch lob and volley, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s backheel back in Euro 2004, all brought magical moments into the game.
Here, we vete through team by team to scout the potential top scorers for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
It’s his last swansong to an amazing career, Zlatan would definitely want to make it count. A scorer of quality and quantity goals throughout every single club he played for as well as the second highest scorer during the qualification stage.
Despite his age, he has been the top goal scorer in the French league for 2 out of past 3 seasons as well as leading PSG to their last three titles.
Despite his huge size, Ibrahimović has proven to be extremely agile and have been proficient with both feet and headers. His ability to dribbling as well as smell of goals and positioning has been uncanny. Just watch him play.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Please don't leave him alone
Ronaldo in action with Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
There is nothing much to say about Ronaldo that we don’t know, this man is a legend already with three FIFA Ballon d’Or (previously also FIFA World Player of the Year) under his belt. With his achievements, you just have to add him into every candidate list for the top goal-scoring category.
Cutting in from the wings, doing a couple of stepovers before launching a stinging shot that will rattle the net has become a norm for Ronaldo. Make no mistake, Cristiano is equally capable to finishing any ball within the three feet range from goal as well as planting headers into the corners of the net.
Fame for his lightning speed with bulky frame to brush off any attempts to stop him, Cristiano Ronaldo has came a long way since his younger days. Trained to be tougher and more resilient in the Barclays English League before transferring to Real Madrid in a world record fee. This money was well spent, as Ronaldo broke all sorts of records on both individual and club level to cement him as one of the very best.
The only player in this generation who can rival Lionel Messi, the winner of FIVE FIFA Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo carries the hopes of 10 million countrymen on his shoulder.
Gareth Bale (Wales)
Single-handedly brought Wales to the Finals of Euro 2016, all eyes will be on Bale to lead his team. No disrespect, but none since Ryan Giggs has another Walsh player brought such excitement into the game. Gareth Bale started off as a left-back at Southampton before developing into one of the most devastating winger during his Tottenham Hotspur days when he single-handedly scored a hattrick against Italy’s Inter Milan during the Champions League.
Such exploits eventually earned him a transfer to the prestigious Real Madrid, where he is currently playing alongside potential top-scorer such as Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. part of the fame BBC (Benzema-Bale-Cristiano) frontline of Madrid, Bale continues to make his contribution for both goals and assist.
Gareth Bale’s pace and skill with the ability to burst past defenders will be key to getting Wales into the second round of this Euro 2016 Finals.
BBC - Gareth Bale
Lukaku Romelu celebrating a goal
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Lukaku has been highly rated ever since he joined Chelsea, and it has been a mystery every since on why he didn’t manage to make it. Thankfully, since joining Everton, he was more able to express and develop himself under the current coach to become a key player for club and country.
Currently a potential to become top scorer in the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku is your classic type of attacker, huge build with strength and height, bulldozing defenders into submission. He also isn’t the Messi category that dribbles past tonnes of defenders, but his ability to position himself well inside the box allows him to maximise any chances that come along his way.
Still relatively young at 22, and already identified during the last 2014 World Cup, may this tournament bring Romelu Lukaku to another greater height.
Thomas Muller (Germany)
A highly versatile forward with tonnes of experience in the big matches under his belt. Bayern Munich one-club man is also part of the treble winning team. He can play across anywhere upfront and even as a winger, but no position can affect his technique and consistency in assisting and scoring goals.
Only age twenty-six, he enters the Euro 2016 as an elder statesmen of the Germany team, and having a scoring ratio of nearing 50% for a non-pure striker speaks great volumes of how he is able to contribute to the team.
A winner of Golden Boot and Best young Player along his career, it is time to add another team medal and hopefully top scorer award, to compliment his World Cup medallion on his display shelve.
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Paco Alcácer on International Duty
Paco Alcácer (Spain)
A surprise package when you are used to more prominent names such as your Costas and Villas, Paco Alcácer may well prove to be the ace for Spain for this summer’s competition. A youth product of Billionaire Peter Lim’s Valencia, Alcácer has also won the European Championship twice with the under-19 side for Spain.
He holds a goal ratio of a highly respectable 50% for the national side (just don’t compare him with your Ronaldos and Messis), and even when his Valencia side is currently struggling in the La Liga, he still manages to score half of the time when he is on the pitch.
Calm under pressure with a hack of ghosting into penalty area to score goals, don’t be surprised to find Paco Alcácer top the scoring chart especially when Spain have the likes of David Silva, Cesc Fàbregas and Andrés Iniesta supplying the bullets.
Karim Benzema (France)
Another member of Real Madrid’s BBC strike force, Benzema is a highly cultured forward who can ably score and create goals. Since joining Madrid in 2009, Karim Benzema has earn the rights to win over the highly demanding fans.
Fast and powerful with the ability to find space inside the box, Benzema’s greatest assets is that he is able to link up well with anyone alongside him as well as giving the finishing shot if it is set up for him.
There is a reason why Real Madrid is willing to keep extending your contract, and sympathy definitely isn’t one of them. Can Karim Benzema bring France to another glory like how his current coach and winner of the European Football Championship 2000 Zinedine Zidane did? Tune in to find out.
BBC - Karim Benzema
What happen in UEFA Euro 2012
Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
One of the hottest striker in Europe right now, Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski can do no wrong when he is wearing his scoring boots. He created record when he blitz five goals against Wolfsburg during the a nine minute spell, making sure it is the fastest in any major European football league.
I would best describe him in the category of Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimović. Superb ball control, thunderous shot and unbelievable pace and skill for someone of his frame, Lewandowski can just slaughter opponents when they take even a second off their eyes on him.
Robert Lewandowski is ranked amongst Poland’s highest ever scorer, and with time still on his side, he may well use this tournament as another springboard to leap into the top three.