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EURO2016: Who will clinch this year’s Golden Boot?

Goals are what win you matches and as we prepare ourselves for Euro2016, Tribalfootball takes a look at the candidates likely to bang home the most across this summer's tournament in France.

*All odds according to bet365

SAFE BANKERS

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal - £8)

The Portuguese winger had yet another golden, goal-filled season for Spanish club Real Madrid. Netting 35 goals across the La Liga season, the potent number 7 found the back of the net a further 16 times in the Champions League which doesn't including his game-winning penalty in the final as Real Madrid once again beat rivals Atletico to the title.

Undoubtedly a crucial cog in the Portugal side, Ronaldo donned his national colours for six Euro qualifiers, scoring five times. If Portugal hope to go far at Euro16, a lot rests on the firepower of Ronaldo who is more than capable of setting the tournament alight with his uncanny ability to find the back of the net.

Thomas Muller (Germany - £7)

Somewhat overshadowed in front of goals for Bayern Munich this season, Muller has the chance to reclaim the spotlight leading the line for Germany. Despite Robert Lewandowski taking his share, Muller still mustered a solid 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season adding another eight in the UCL. Meanwhile nine goals in nine Euro qualifiers for Germany proves he remains his nation's most potent force in front of goal.


EMERGING TALENT

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium - £20)

In a team full of stars, Lukaku is arguably the brightest when it comes to scoring goals. With 18 efforts hitting the back of the net for Everton this past season, plus seven across the FA and Capital One Cups, Lukaku is a force to be reckoned with in front of goal. With a quality midfield behind him, expect Lukaku to make the back of opposing team's nets ripple at Euro16.

Antione Griezmann (France - £8)

While his club team Atletico Madrid may have fallen short in their bids for silverware this season, it was a successful individual season for Griezmann. He struck an impressive 22 goals in La Liga and seven in the UCL. With home support behind him at the Euros, expect goals and potentially some allusive silverware for Griezmann.

Anthony Martial (France - £25)

Bought to Old Trafford at just 19 and for a record fee, the pressure was on Martial to live up to expectation. If this season was anything to go by he's certainly on track. Netting 11 goals in the EPL, three goals across the UCL and Europa League, and a further two goals in his sides successful FA Cup campaign, Martial is young man with a bright future and plenty of goals in front of him.

Harry Kane (England - £14)

Despite his club side slipping up in the title race, this Tottenham striker finished his season with a trophy in the form of the Premier League's Golden Boot. 25 goals across the season securing his personal end of season triumph. Kane also banged in two goals in the Europa League and three from five Euro qualifiers. Set to lead the English line, the hopes of a nation will likely rest on this man's boots. Alan Shearer's second coming!

Alvaro Morata (Spain - £18)

With Spain's national coach saying this young striker is capable of the same potency in front of goal as Robert Lewandowski, Euro16 is a potential make or break for Morata. The Juventus young gun has coped somewhat well with expectation this past season striking seven times in Serie A, twice in the UCL and once in four Euro qualifiers. France 2016 could potentially be a defining moment in Morata's promising career, or it could prove too much.


FORGOTTEN MAN?

Olivier Giroud (France - £14)

France supporters have not taken well to the Arsenal striker, who is in the team ahead of Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star's sex-tap blackmail scandal opened a door for Giroud and the 29-year-old has taken the opportunity with both hands, scoring seven goals in his past five starts for Les Bleus.

While he made be made the scapegoat by both France and Arsenal fans, Giroud has the scoring nous to finish off the expected creative up-field work of the likes of Pogba, Griezmann, Payet, Matuidi, Martial and Coman.


WILL THEIR TEAM GO FAR ENOUGH?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden - £33)

With a lot of speculation about where he'll play his club football next season, the self-described legend will focus on lining up for Sweden at the Euros. If he can pick up where his club season left off which saw him claim the Ligue 1 Golden Boot after scoring 38 times and a further five times in the UCL, expect some more amazing goals like he scored at Euro2012. 11 goals from 10 Euro qualifiers suggests he's just as potent for his nation as he is for club.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland - £16)

A potential one-man sucker punch for Poland at Euro16, Lewandowski is no stranger to finding the back of his opposing team's net. The Bundesliga Golden Boot winner netted 30 times over another successful season in Munich, in addition to his nine in the UCL. Lewandowski then played his part in ensuring his country's spot at Euro16 scoring 13 times in 10 qualifiers.

Gareth Bale (Wales - £40)

Wales held their collective breath as Bale played his final Real Madrid club game of the season in the Champions League final. Escaping the game injury free and with a trophy to boot, Wales exhaled with the knowledge their star was ready to shine. And shine he likely will. Striking 19 times in La Liga this season and seven times in 10 Euro qualifiers, Bale really needs to shine and his scoring influence is the paramount in Wales succeeding in France.


WILDCARDS

Nolito (Spain - £33)

The Celta Vigo forward has been on fire for La Furia Roja in recent outings. The 29-year-old has netted two braces in friendly wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Korea to put himself right in the mix for Vicente Del Bosque's side. Alongside a plethora of passing midfielders, Nolito could be the one that stands out for Spain as they chase an unprecedented third-straight Euro title. Has the pace and finishing ability to emerge as Spain's hero if Morata fails to fire.

Jamie Vardy (England - £40)

Just as it was a fairytale season for his club Leicester City, it was also a fairytale individual season for this striker. After a career mingling in England's lower leagues, Vardy announced his belated arrival on the big stage scoring 24 goals as he helped his team to a shock Premier League title. An England call-up and possibly successful Euro campaign a fitting finish to this fairytale for Vardy.


RANK OUTSIDER

Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy - £100)

Despite not being an out and out striker, this guy has developed an uncanny ability for scoring. Arriving at Roma mid-season, he settled quickly grabbing eight goals in 16 games. Despite scoring just the one goal in four Euro qualifiers, and three in 19 internationally, if he can replicate his goal scoring antics at Roma he'll surely strike with a bit more potency in France. And his odds are ridiculously juicy…but only if he gains a start under Antonio Conte

Joshua Thomas
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