Top Goalscorer Betting for the Euro 2016
Why? Well, because of the massive prices that are on offer there, which means that for a small stake you can have a shot at a big return. For this summer's Euro 2016 Golden Boot betting the field looks pretty deep, far deeper than it was four years ago when Spain's Fernando Torres won it with just three goals (he tied with Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez, Mario Balotelli, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Dzagoev on three goals but Torres won the title because of an assist during the tournament).
There are extra teams around for this year's European Championships and the feel is, is that it is going to be a high-scoring affair. You look the main contenders in the hunt for the Euro 2016 title and see a sparkling array of attacking talent. Let's take a look at a the front runners in the betting market for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot odds.
Euro 2016 Golden Boot odds (at Bet365)
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(Expertise below done before the start of the tournament. Read our article EURO 2016 Top Scorer odds preview for Updated information concerning the knock out stage.)
Thomas Muller 7/1Is there a better forward in world football than Muller? Ok, let's not get into that discussion, but the German is right up there at the pinnacle. The thing will Muller is that he find space in the opponent's defence that few players in the game could ever find. He just ghosts around and is always in the right spot at the right time. His international scoring record speaks to that and at the time of writing has 31 goals in 68 full cup appearances for Germany. He won the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot and the Silver Boot four years later at World Cup 2014. He scoring nine goals in qualification. With Germany a strong contender for the Euro 2016 title, he should get close.
Cristiano Ronaldo 7/1The enigma that is Cristiano Ronaldo (at least in a Portugal shirt). The thing about Ronaldo is that he plays in a Portugal side which isn't as free-flowing and attack-minded as his club Real Madrid are. He almost at times looks as if he is there to support and lift both the Portuguese midfield and attack at the same time. Basically he has to do everything in an average international side. He scored five goals in qualification, which was almost half of the eleven goals that the Portuguese scored as a whole in their eight qualification games. Even Ronaldo isn't good enough to carry the entire expectations of his country on his broad shoulders. Not likely to get enough chances to really contend for the Golden Boot.
Karim Benzema 9/1He seems to have been around forever doesn't he? He has a good international strike rate with 27 goals in 81 appearances and has been in great for Real Madrid this season. He netted 9 goals in 13 appearances for France in 2014, his best ever year in the blue shirt of France, but last year he failed to score in four appearances. He can often look periphal in games, but can deliver a devastating finish from nowhere. If he's there at France 2016 (he was suspended because of the blackmail legal issues, but was given clearance to play), he may even get out-performed by fellow countryman Antoine Griezmann who we'll get too in a moment.
Robert Lewandowski 10/1Here's a man who could really set the tournament alight. Lewandowski was the top scorer during Euro 2016 qualification with 13 goals in his games for Poland. At the time of writing he had scored 34 goals in 73 international appearances for his country. He has been prolific wherever he has been at in club level and again, at the time of writing, has scored 22 goals in 21 league appearances for Bayern Munich this season. His goals are a clear reason that Poland pushed Germany so hard in Euro 2016 qualification and he scored nine goals in six international appearances last year. Has to be worth a punt in Euro 2016 Golden Boot Odds.
Antoine Griezmann 12/1The Atletico Madrid man makes a good outside case for the Golden Boot if he gets the playing time. The youngster really hasn't delivered on the international stage and netted just one goal in eight games for France last season. But he has continued his great scoring form for his club and if he can translate that over to the summer, could be a dark horse.
Olivier Giroud, Romelu Lukaku, Diego Costa 16/1Olivier Giroud can easily get himself in the mix but is as liable to go on a drought-streak as he is likely to tear it up in front of goal. Romelu Lukaku has been in brilliant form for Everton in the Premier League this season and if Belgium take a more positive approach than they did at the 2014 World Cup he could knock a few in. Diego Costa has yet to look a fit for Spain's game and isn't likely to contend. A great dark horse in the field though could be his teammate Paco Alcacer who could carry the scoring expectation of the reigning champions on his young shoulders.
There are great strikers around who haven't even been mentioned yet, which goes to show how hotly contested this market could be. You have Germany's Mario Gotze around the 20/1 mark and England's Harry Kane at 25/1. The Tottenham striker has had another brilliant season and has impressed in an England shirt. If the Three Lions can go deep enough, Kane will take chances.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a 25/1 poke in what could be his international swansong. You can never count him out and he scored 11 goals in Euro 2016 qualifying and is joint third on the list of all-time European Championship goalscorer with six goals to his name. He has scored exactly two goals only though in each of the last three European Championship editions. Three goals at Euro 2016 and he becomes the joint all-time scorer in the history of the competition, four and he breaks the record.
At the end of the day you wouldn't be unhappy about pulling any of those names out of a hat in a sweepstakes, would you? It's a big market so you are well advised to take each way terms (1/4) on it. There is more than enough value in the prices to warrant doing so.
Overall Top Goalscorers in the history of the UEFA European Championships(Bolded names are still active players)
9 - Michel Platini
7 - Alan Shearer
6 - Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nuno Gomes
5 - Savo Milosevic, Wayne Rooney, Marco van Basten, Milan Baros, Jurgen Klinsmann, Fernando Torres, Zinedine Zidane