Date: 13th June 2024 at 11:08am
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The 2024 European Championships kick off on Friday with hosts Germany facing Scotland in Munich. 

Julian Nagelsmann’s side will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Berlin next month, but the likes of France, England and Portugal will all be determined to spoil their home tournament.

While there are a number of teams that will be hopeful of lifting the trophy, there is also plenty of competition for the Golden Boot award.

Here, we take a look at five contenders for the award given to the tournament’s top goal scorer.

Kylian Mbappe – France

Mbappe announced himself on the international stage at the 2018 World Cup, playing an instrumental role for hosts France as Les Bleus lifted the trophy. The forward is set to join Real Madrid this summer, and he will be hoping to impress in Germany in order to kickstart his career in Spain. The 25-year-old has already scored 47 goals in 79 games for his country, but he did fail to score at Euro 2020.

Mbappe has never scored at a European Championships

Harry Kane – England

The winner of the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Kane has since become England’s all-time leading goal scorer and now has 63 goals for his country. The Bayern Munich man endured a frustrating first season in Germany and still awaits the first trophy of his senior career, but in Germany this summer he will spearhead arguably the most dangerous attack in the competition and he can’t be ruled out of the running to take home the Golden Boot.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

When Portugal were knocked out of the 2022 World Cup by Morocco, it was unclear whether or not Ronaldo would ever represent his country at an international tournament again. Just 18 months later, the forward is set to lead the line for Portugal in Germany. Ronaldo has scored 58 goals in 64 games since moving to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, and he will be hoping to add to his remarkable tally of 130 international goals this summer.

Ronaldo scored twice against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium

Former Everton striker Lukaku has endured a frustrating couple of years since leaving Inter Milan to return to Chelsea in 2021. He has since returned to Inter on loan, and spent last term with fellow Italian side Roma. For Belgium, though, the forward has continued to score prolifically. He scored 14 times as Belgium qualified for this summer’s Euros with ease, including four goals in their final game against Azerbaijan in November.

Kai Havertz – Germany

Havertz surprised a lot of people when he swapped Chelsea for Arsenal last summer, but the forward finished his debut season as a Gunner with a very respectable tally of 14 goals across all competitions. The 25-year-old has been used in a number of roles for his country – including as a makeshift left-back – but he is likely to be deployed in a very attacking role this summer and manager Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping he can carry his good scoring form for Arsenal into national duty.

Havertz is set to start for Germany against Scotland on Friday

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