Euro 2020 Betting: With Ronaldo’s Tournament Over, Could Somebody Pass Him for Golden Boot?

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BetMGM Jul 22, 2021, 10.54 AM
SEVILLE, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Belgium and Portugal at Estadio La Cartuja on June 27, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)
Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo posted five goals during the Euro 2020 group stages, but his country was shut down and eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16 knockout stage. The world’s top all-time international scorer with 109 goals (tied with Iran’s Ali Daei) will stay at five goals for Euro 2020, but still holds the lead for the tournament’s Golden Boot Award for top scorer (see list below).

That lead could disappear in the next few days, and the Euro 2020 odds for the award have tightened. 

The Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick (+400) is sitting at four goals after a two-goal effort against Scotland, one versus Croatia, while also scoring one of his team’s two goals in the Round of 16 to knock off soccer betting odds favorite Netherlands. He’ll get a crack at Denmark in the quarterfinals on Saturday. France’s Karim Benzema and Sweden’s Emil Forsberg also scored four goals, but their teams have been eliminated. 

Some big-name challengers are sitting at three goals. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (+500) and England’s Raheem Sterling (+600) have a chance to face off in the Euro 2020 final on July 11, giving them the potential of three more matches to add to their totals should their sides advance that far. 

Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in Euro tournament history with 14 in 25 matches played. He has played in every tournament since 2004.

Will somebody pass one of the greatest goal scorers in world history, and how do this year’s numbers compare to the recent past? Take a look:

YEAR RECENT GOLDEN BOOT WINNERS GOALS
1996 Alan Shearer, England 5
2000 Patrick Kluivert, Netherlands &Savo Milosevic, Serbia 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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Golden Boot Leaders - Into Quarterfinals

TEAM (Top Remaining
Candidates)
GOALS HANDLE% NEWEST ODDS
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal 5 13.5% +130
Patrik Schick, Czech Republic 4 1.4% +400
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium 3 24.5% +500
Raheem Sterling, England 3 1.4% +600
Haris Seferovic, Switzerland 3 0.1% +5000

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All America teams and covered FCS college football for HERO Sports … and once ruined his knee in a soccer match while trying to mark a future U.S. National Team forward, Jeff Cunningham. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.

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