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Euro Cup top scorer list: Know the European superstars

Having started back in 1960, the UEFA European Championship has been graced by some of the continent’s best footballers over the decades as is evident by the Euro Cup top scorer list. While Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most goals in tournament history so far, the list also features many legends of the game who have defined an era of football.

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Below is the top 20 list of top scorers at the European Championships who have scored at least five goals to sit in the all-time greats club.

Euro Cup top scorer list: All-time

RankPlayerTeamMatches playedGoals scoredTournament(s)
1Cristiano RonaldoPortugal25142004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
2Michel PlatiniFrance591984
3Alan ShearerEngland971992, 1996, 2000
4Antoine GriezmannFrance1172016, 2020
5Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands862004, 2008
6Patrick KluivertNetherlands961996, 2000, 2004
7Wayne RooneyEngland1062004, 2012, 2016
8Romelu LukakuBelgium1062016, 2020
9Álvaro MorataSpain1062016, 2020
10Thierry HenryFrance1162000, 2004, 2008
11Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden1362004, 2008, 2012, 2016
12Nuno GomesPortugal1462000, 2004, 2008
13Savo MiloševićFR Yugoslavia452000
14Patrik SchickCzech Republic552020
15Marco van BastenNetherlands951988, 1992
16Milan BarošCzech Republic1152004, 2008, 2012
17Robert LewandowskiPoland1152012, 2016, 2020
18Jürgen KlinsmannGermany1351988,1992, 1996
19Fernando TorresSpain1352004, 2008, 2012
20Mario GómezGermany1352008, 2012, 2016
21Zinedine ZidaneFrance1451996, 2000, 2004

Cristiano Ronaldo | 14 goals in Euro Cup

The player with the most goals in football, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on this list is no surprise given his prolific goalscoring abilities as well as his longevity in the game. No other player on the list has played five editions of the tournament, which makes him the longest-serving player of the tournament. Ronaldo has 14 goals in 25 Euro games. The player to come close to the record is Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has played in four editions.

Alan Shearer | 7 Euro Cup goals

The prolific English Premier League goal-scorer, Alan Shearer had played in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 European Championships managing to get seven goals for the English national team. His best outing at the tournament, however, came in the 1996 edition where Shearer ended with the Golden Boot scoring five goals.

Antoine Griezmann | 7 Euro Cup goals in 11 matches

One of the current players who can likely close down on Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal tally in the European Championships is France’s Antoine Griezmann. The silky forward, who can play wide as well as through middle, is countd amongst France’s golden generation of footballers and has already amassed seven goals in 11 matches across two editions. At 31, Griezmann might have one good UEFA Euro Cup season left in him.

Euro Cup top scorers list: By edition

YearPlayer(s)Goals scored
1960Milan Galić, François Heutte, Valentin Ivanov, Dražan Jerković, Viktor Ponedelnik2
1964Dezső Novák, Ferenc Bene, Chus Pereda2
1968Dragan Džajić2
1972Gerd Müller4
1976Dieter Müller4
1980Klaus Allofs3
1984Michel Platini9
1988Marco van Basten5
1992Dennis Bergkamp, Tomas Brolin, Henrik Larsen, Karl-Heinz Riedle3
1996Alan Shearer5
2000Savo Milošević, Patrick Kluivert5
2004Milan Baroš5
2008David Villa4
2012Alan Dzagoev, Mario Mandžukić, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Gómez, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli3
2016Antoine Griezmann6
2020Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrik Schick5

The first-ever European Championships in 1960 had as many as five joint top scorers in Milan Galić, François Heutte, Valentin Ivanov, Dražan Jerković and Viktor Ponedelnik all of whom scored two goals each. The goal tally of the Euro Cup top scorer remained two for the next two editions as well before Germany’s Gerd Muller scored four in 1972 to create a record.

However, it was France football legend Michel Platini who has the record for most goals in a single Euros edition, when he scored as many as nine goals in the 1984 Euro Cup. The second European Championship edition to have five or more different top scorers was in 2012 when Alan Dzagoev, Mario Mandžukić, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Gómez, Fernando Torres and Mario Balotelli scored three goals each.

The second-highest scorer in a single Euro Cup edition is Antoine Griezmann, who scored six goals in the 2016 Euros. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has become the Euro Cup top scorer in two different editions.

Euro Cup top scorer list: By Nation

RankCountriesGoalsEuro Cup Editions Played
1Germany7813
2France6910
3Spain6811
4Netherlands6510
5Portugal568
6Italy5110
7England5010
8Czech Republic4810
9Denmark429
10Belgium316

The most successful team in the European Championships, three-time Euro winners Germany are the Euro Cup top scorer with 78 goals across 13 editions. No other footballing nation in Europe has qualified for 13 different editions of the tournament over the years.

The second-highest scorer in the tournament as a team is France, who have 69 goals in 10 different editions. Spain, who have have played in 11 Euro Cup finals, have 68 goals as a team, while Portugal have tallied 56 goals in just eight editions of the tournament.

FAQs

Who were the Euro Cup top-scorers in 2020 21?

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick ended up as the Euro Cup top scorers for the 2020-21 edition scoring five goals each.

Who were the England Euro goal scorers in 2021?

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were England’s top goal scorers at the Euros in 2021 with four and three goals, respectively. England had reached the final before losing to Italy in the penalty shoot-out.

Who was the Euro 2020 top scorer?

The Euro 2020 top scorer was Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick, both of whom had scored five goals each. However, Ronaldo ended up winning the Goden Boot for his sole assist alongwith the five goals.  

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