15 Players With the Most Goals in the History of the European Championships
Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann lead the goalscoring charts with three goals in Euro 2016, but they’ve still got a long way to go until they match some of Europe’s greatest.
Here’s the top 15 players with the most goals in the history of the European Championships.
15. Zinedine Zidane
Goals: 5. Games: 14. Ratio: 0.36.
The French legend scored in three consecutive tournaments starting in 1996. Zidane won the competition four years later, before captaining his side to a quarter final finish in 2004, where they would lose to eventual winners, Greece.
14. Fernando Torres
Goals: 5. Games: 13. Ratio: 0.38.
Torres didn’t have a chance to better his record at the Euros after he was snubbed from Spain’s squad for Euro 2016. The Atletico Madrid striker’s most famous goal in the Euros came in 2008 when he scored the winner in the final.
13. Jurgen Klinsmann
Goals: 5. Games: 13. Ratio: 0.38.
Klinsmann also found the net five times across three different tournaments and was Germany’s stand-in captain as they won the Euro 96 edition at Wembley. He also finished second four years earlier, as Denmark shocked the continent.
12. Milan Baros
Goals: 5. Games: 11. Ratio: 0.45.
Baros was an assassin at international level for the Czech Republic, a far cry from his club form. The frontman played in three different tournaments, but all his goals came in 2004, where he was crowned the top scorer.
11. Marco van Basten
Goals: 5. Games: 9. Ratio: 0.56.
One of the finest footballers ever to grace the European Championships, van Basten saved the sweetest moment of his career for the 1988 final, where he delivered an acrobatic volley as the Netherlands were crowned champions.
10. Savo Milosevic
Goals: 5. Games: 4. Ratio: 1.25.
You might remember him as an Aston Villa striker, but Savo Milosevic is also well remembered for a superb Euro 2000 tournament, where he scored 5 times for Yugoslavia, finding the net in every game he played.
9. Nuno Gomes
Goals: 6. Games: 14. Ratio: 0.43.
The legendary Portuguese striker had a knack of scoring goals when his nation needed him most and that might explain his impressive strike rate at the Euros. His most notable goal was a winner against England in Euro 2000.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Goals: 6. Games: 13. Ratio: 0.46.
The evergreen Swede delivers on the big stage and his phenomenal volley against France four years ago, was undoubtedly the tournament’s best goal. Zlatan captained Sweden in Euro 2016 but failed to add to his impressive record, crashing out at the group stages of the competition.
7. Thierry Henry
Goals: 6. Games: 11. Ratio: 0.55.
Henry played in three consecutive tournaments, starting in 2000, and scored in every one. His three goals in 2000, were followed by two more four years later and he did manage another strike when he captained his nation in Austria and Switzerland.
6. Wayne Rooney
Goals: 6. Games: 10. Ratio: 0.60.
Rooney only managed a single strike for the Three Lions in a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, with a penalty in the opening minutes against Iceland. As a teenager he grabbed four goals at Euro 2004, before adding one more four years ago.
5. Patrick Kluivert
Goals: 6. Games: 9. Ratio: 0.67.
Kluivert scored for the Dutch in England in 1996, but it was four years later where he really showed his worth. The powerful striker ended the 2000 tournament as joint top scorer with 5 goals, but crashed out at the semi final stage.
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy
Goals: 6. Games: 8. Ratio: 0.75.
Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the European Championships is somewhat special. The well travelled striker hit the back of the net on four occasions in 2004, before adding a couple more when the Dutch reached the quarter finals in 2008.
3. Alan Shearer
Goals: 7. Games: 9. Ratio: 0.78.
England’s very own Alan Shearer is the third most prolific player in European Championship history with 7 goals. The Three Lions’ star ended the ’96 tournament on home soil as top scorer with 5 goals, before racking up two more in Belgium and the Netherlands.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Goals: 8. Games: 19. Ratio: 0.42.
Ronaldo has already added two goals to his tally, both coming in Portugal’s crucial group stage draw against Hungary. A semi-final encounter against Wales could be the perfect opportunity for Ronaldo to contribute even further to his already impressive statistics.
The Real Madrid superstar broke onto the scene on home soil in Euro 2004, scoring twice as Portugal reached the final.
1. Michel Platini
Goals: 9. Games: 5. Ratio: 1.80.
Holding the record for the most goals scored in a single European tournament and this was at a time before the quarter final stage was introduced. Platini, who captained France to victory in 1984, scored all 9 of his Euro goals on home soil that year, grabbing two separate hat tricks and scoring in all five games.
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