Date: 17th June 2021 at 3:50pm
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Nearly a week has gone by since Euro 2020 kicked off, and some of the biggest names in European football have already stamped their mark. 

Italy became the first club to progress to the round of 16 stage after hammering Switzerland to record their second consecutive 3-0 victory of this summer’s competition.

This is a huge feat considering their 3-0 drubbing of Turkey was the first time Italy had scored more than three goals in the European Championships – Roberto Mancini’s side are beginning to look like tournament favourites.

However, there are deadly players in other nations who will be more than capable of knocking the Italians off their recently constructed perch.

We take a look at the tournament’s top five favourite players to score the most goals and win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot.

Ciro Immobile – Italy

Immobile has two in two games for the relentless Italians.

The Lazio striker has taken his impressive goalscoring form for Lazio into the Euros for Italy.

While the striker could have already scored a lot more than the two he already has, the very fact he is able to constantly get himself in those goalscoring positions has made him one of the favourites to win the Golden Boot.

Italy play Wales in their final group game in Rome, and if they avoid defeat against the Dragons, they will face one of Austria, Netherlands, Ukraine or North Macedonia in the next round.

Judging by the quality of Italy’s performances they, and Immobile, will be very tough to stop.

Kylian Mbappe – France

Mbappe scored a beautiful against the Germans, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Mpabbe scored a fantastic goal against Germany, but saw it ruled out for a very narrow offside.

While he is yet to officially get himself onto the scoresheet, the signs suggest the Paris Saint-Germain hitman is set to run riot this tournament.

At times he made Germany’s experienced defence look very average and, if France navigate themselves out of the group of death, Mbappe will be licking his lips at the competition ahead of him.

Harry Kane – England

The England forward is yet to find the net, but he is always a danger to the opposition.

Croatia’s defence appeared to have one mission when they turned up at Wembley to face England – take out Harry Kane!

The England captain took quite a battering from the likes of Domagoj Vida and Duje Caleta-Car, and was even substituted off for Marcus Rashford as a precaution.

However, there was never going to be many goals against the Croatians so Kane will be raring to go against Scotland and the Czech Republic, both of which the skipper has recently found the net against.

While Kane is yet to hit the net, his predatory finishing both in open play and from the penalty spot, means he could suddenly score a hat-trick from out of nowhere.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

Ronaldo scored a late brace in Portugal’s 3-0 win against Hungary.

Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in European Championships history when he bagged a very late brace in Portugal’s 3-0 win against Hungary.

His double was made even more impressive considering the game bypassed him for the best part of 80 minutes, before he suddenly came to life and fired home a clinical penalty and a magnificent second against the Group D minnows.

Hungary did not deserve to lose by a three-goal margin as they pushed Portugal all the way, and even took the lead before it was ruled out for offside.

Nevertheless, they were powerless to stop Ronaldo when he finally found his rhythm and his mojo – if he keeps hold of those, then the rest of the tournament should be terrified.

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium

Lukaku was lethal against the Russians.

Inter Milan’s sensational forward bagged a clinical brace in Belgium’s 3-0 win against Russia.

Confidence is flowing through the former Manchester United and Chelsea striker and, with the likes of Finland and Denmark coming up in their next fixtures, Lukaku could even secure the top goalscorer award before the knockout stage starts.

This has also all been achieved without the first class delivery from Kevin De Bruyne, who is yet to recover from the broken nose he suffered against Chelsea in the Champions League final.

Roberto Martinez’s side play a free flowing and expansive 3-4-3 formation which has been tailored to get the best out of Lukaku’s predatory striking exploits.

It is this as well as the striker’s sensational form which has made the 28-year-old a big favourite to win this summer’s Golden Boot.

 
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