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Euro 2016 Top Goal Scorers

Tue 29 June 2021 | 14:30

Euro 2020 has been a new hit recently, on TVs, radios, and newspapers all over the world. While the tournament is in the process why don’t you take a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy a nice article about the previous Euro and its top players; we welcome you to Euro 2016 top goal scorers.

The European Championship final event was expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996 to include 24 teams for the first time. The finalists competed in a group stage composed of 6 groups of four teams, followed by a knockout phase consisting of three rounds and the final under the new system.

Nineteen teams competed in the final event, including the top two teams from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third-placed team; the remaining third-placed teams competed in two-legged play-off ties in November 2015 to determine the final four finalist positions.

On May 28, 2010, France was selected as the host nation following a bidding procedure in which they defeated Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.

Bordeaux, Lens, Lille Métropole, Décines-Charpieu, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse were the venues for the matches. After hosting the initial tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals, France hosted the finals for the third time.

To continue it is necessary that we remind you once again that the main subject of our article is not the tournament but Euro 2016 top goal scorers.

The complete list of Euro 2016 top goal scorers

Before we get to know the Top Scorers in UEFA Euro 2016, let's take a look at the chempion of the tournament.

Portugal

was the winner of the tournament as they managed to defeat the host in its own stadium. The game went into the extra time and Eder, the Portuguese star, managed to score a goal in the 109th minute against France and eventually earning a crown and a very valuable trophy for his national team.

Back to the main topic of the article, we would look at some of the players who managed to score enough goals to be eligible to be put in the

top goal scorers of Euro 2016

list. This list will start with the players who score 3 goals and then finally we will get to the ultimate top scorer who managed to score 6.

Without further ado, buckle up, and let’s hit the road of Euro 2016 top goal scorers.

Gareth Bale (3 goals)

First on the Euro Top Goal Scorers list is

Gareth Frank Bale

, who is a Welsh footballer who currently plays as a winger for Tottenham as a loan player and for the Wales national team.

His skills, along with his speed and physicality, enable him to consistently slip past opponents and make runs into open space, where he may score or create. Bale is also a free-kick expert, and he is noted for using the "knuckle ball" technique to take free-kicks.

He began to score goals on a regular basis when he moved up into the flank, with powerful strikes from outside the penalty box. Bale has received praise in the media for his hard ethic and defensive contributions off the ball, in addition to his athletic and attacking ability.

This speedy Welsh dragon scored the opening goal in Wales'

UEFA Euro 2016

opener against Slovakia from a free kick on 11 June, propelling his team to a 2–1 triumph and their first win in a competition in 58 years.

Bale subsequently went on to score another opening free-kick goal against England in the second group game, despite

Wales

losing 2–1; this made Bale the first player since Germany's Thomas Häßler in 1992 to score two free-kicks at a European Championship.

The 31-year-old scored his third goal of the tournament in a 3–0 win over Russia, moving him ahead of Ivor Allchurch, who scored twice in the 1958 World Cup, as the team's all-time leading scorer in major competitions; he also assisted on Neil Taylor's second goal of the match.

He was named captain of Wales for the postponed UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in May 2021.

Let us not dilly dally and move on to the next parts of Euro 2016 top goal scorers.

Nani (3 goals)

Our second contender of the

Euro 2016 top goal scorers

list is Nani.

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays as a winger and captain for Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer. He has played over 100 times for the senior national squad and has represented Portugal in international football.

Nani's ability and playing style drew comparisons to the international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in the early stages of his career at

Manchester United

, although Nani's style evolved into more of a classic winger than Ronaldo's transition into a center forward.

The Portuguese scored Portugal's first goal in the group stage's last match, a 3–3 draw against Hungary on June 22, ensuring the team's qualification for the knockout round.

On June 25, he assisted on the game's only goal in a 1–0 extra-time victory over Croatia in the Round of 16. Nani set up Renato Sanches' goal in ordinary time and then scored Portugal's fourth penalty in a 5–3 shoot-out triumph over Poland on June 30th, following a 1–1 tie after extra-time.

On July 6, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Wales in the semi-finals.

Let’s see who is next of the top goal scorers of Euro 2016.

Dimitri Payet (3 goals)

Our Euro top goal scorers has come to Dimitri Payet, who is a French footballer who currently plays for Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 and for the France national team.

Payet

was nominated to France's Euro 2016 team in May 2016. He was voted Man of the Match after scoring a goal, setting up an assist, generating eight scoring chances, and delivering 13 crosses in France's 2–1 triumph over Romania in the opening match of Euro 2016, on June 10th.

Olivier Giroud (who we would later talk about in

Euro 2016 top goal scorers

list) headed Payet's cross into the net in the 57th minute, and Payet scored France's second goal in the 89th minute, curling a powerful left-footed drive into the top corner from 2 meters (2.2 yards) outside the penalty box.

The 34-year-old was voted Man of the Match in France's second group match against Albania on June 15, after generating six scoring chances for his teammates and providing 17 crosses.

Payet scored France's second goal in a 2–0 victory in that match, coming in the 96th minute. He scored and assisted in a 5–2 quarter-final win over Iceland at the Stade de France on July 3, advancing the hosts to the tournament's semi-finals.

The Frenchman collided with Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of the event on 10 July while attempting to engage him for the ball, injuring the Portuguese striker and forcing him to leave after 25 minutes of play.

He was eventually replaced, and Portugal went on to win the match 1–0 in extra time to take home the championship.

Let us proceed to get to know the top scorers in UEFA Euro 2016.

Olivier Giroud (3 goals)

Following Payet on the Euro 2016 top goal scorers list, comes Olivier Jonathan Giroud, who is a French footballer who plays forward for Chelsea in the Premier League and for the France national team.

Giroud

can play in a variety of offensive positions, but he is most often seen as a striker or a center-forward; he has also been used as a second striker or even as a false nine.

He is recognized for his consistent goal-scoring rate, size, physical strength, heading accuracy, powerful shot, ability to hold the ball up with his back to goal, and ability to link up play or create space for his teammates with his movement off the ball.

On June 10, 2016, France defeated Romania 2–1 in the Euro 2016 opening match. Giroud earned his 50th France cap by starting the match and playing every minute of it; he scored the game's first goal in the 57th minute by heading Dimitri Payet's cross into the goal. In the Quarter-finals, he scored a brace in a 5–2 win over Iceland.

Following France's defeat to Portugal in the tournament final, Giroud finished as one of the joint second-highest Euro 2016 top goal scorers with 3 goals and 2 assists, earning him the Bronze Boot.

Next is a pretty well-known player who was expected to be on the

Euro top goal scorers

list the most.

Cristiano Ronaldo (3 goals)

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

is a Portuguese professional footballer who captains the Portugal national team and plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus.

Ronaldo is a flexible attacker who can play on either wing or in the middle of the pitch, and while he is apparently right-footed, he is quite strong with both feet. He is one of the fastest footballers in the world, both with and without the ball.

Ronaldo's tactics have changed multiple times over his career. He was often positioned as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United when he regularly looked to provide crosses into the penalty box.

He was able to use his speed and acceleration, agility, and technical ability to take on opponents in one-on-one situations while in this position.

In the qualification for Euro 2016, Ronaldo scored five goals, including a hat-trick against Armenia. He scored his 23rd goal in the European Championship, including qualification matches, in another victory over Armenia on November 14, 2014, to become the competition's all-time leading goalscorer.

In Portugal's first knockout match, Cristiano Ronaldo's solitary shot on goal was deflected by Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subai into the path of Ricardo Quaresma, who scored late in extra time to secure a 1–0 victory.

After Portugal advanced to the European Championship semi-finals on penalties, with Ronaldo scoring the opening penalty, he became the first player to appear in three European Championship semi-finals; he scored the opening goal and assisted a second in a 2–0 win over Wales, tying Michel Platini for the competition's all-time leading scorer with nine goals.

Let’s discover who is the last 3 goal contender on the top goal scorers of Euro 2016 list.

Alvaro Morata (3 goals)

The last man with 3 goals on the list of Euro 2016 Top Goal Scorers is nobody else but Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Borja Morata Martin

is a Spanish striker who currently plays for Juventus in Serie A on loan from Atlético Madrid in La Liga and has been featured in the Spain national team. Because of his playing style, Morata was likened to Real Madrid and Spain's Fernando Morientes when he was younger.

His pace, intensity, physicality, and work rate on the pitch stood out during his debut season at Juventus, while his technique, opportunism, heading ability, and positional sense saw him score numerous key goals.

Morata was invited to manager Vicente del Bosque's senior squad on November 7, 2014, for  2 matches which were against Belarus and

Germany

. On the 15th, he made his UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying debut against Belarus, replacing Isco for the final ten minutes of a 3–0 win at Huelva.

In the same tournament, he scored his first senior international goal, the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Seville. Morata started and scored a brace in a 3–0 group win against Turkey in Nice after being selected for the finals in France.

Let’s wrap up the article by introducing the last and the only man of the

Euro 2016 top goal scorers

 with 6 goals.

Antoine Griezmann (6 goals)

Antoine Griezmann

is a forward for the French national team and for the Spanish club Barcelona.

Griezmann is a quick, modern, and versatile left-footed forward with a goal-scoring eye who has been described as a "team player" who can play in or behind the main attacking line due to his technical skills, ability to drop deep, and link-up play between forwards and midfielders, or his ability to score many goals.

Le Petit Prince was named to France's squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

He and Paul Pogba were not used for the next game against Albania at the Stade Vélodrome; Griezmann replaced Giroud in the second half and headed Adil Rami's cross with the first shot on target in the last minute to open a 2–0 He scored twice in the last 16 against the Republic of Ireland in Lyon, as the French came back from a half-time deficit to win 2–1.

This player scored his first goal at the Stade de France on July 3rd, assisting Pogba and Dimitri Payet before scoring himself in a 5–2 quarter-final win over Iceland.

Four days later, he scored twice in a 2–0 triumph over Germany, to bring France to their third European Championship final.

Griezmann earned the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six goals and two assists in seven games, and was named the tournament's best player, as well as being named to the team of the tournament, following a 1–0 defeat to Portugal in the final on 10 July.

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