Cristiano Ronaldo holds a share of the lead in the race for the Golden Boot, as Euro 2020 heads for the semi-final stage of the competition.
While Ronaldo managed five goals before Portugal’s title defence came to an end, there are still those capable of leapfrogging the Juventus star. After a slow start to the tournament, England striker Harry Kane has found his shooting boots, and now the Tottenham forward is a serious contender for the Golden Boot.
Kane gaining ground
After failing to find the back of the net for the Three Lions in the group stages, Kane has come alive in the knockouts of the major competition. Kane, who is 11/10 to score anytime in the England v Denmark betting, netted his first goal of the tournament in an impressive 2-0 win over Germany, before bagging a brace against Ukraine. Some had questioned whether Kane had been distracted by speculation over his Tottenham future this summer, but the 27-year-old has since silenced his doubters.
Kane sits on three goals going into the semi-final showdown with Denmark, while Ronaldo leads the way on five goals, alongside Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick. Ronaldo had questions regarding his own performance going into the European Championships, but, once again, the 36-year-old proved that age is just a number as he went on to shine on the big stage.
Ronaldo impresses in group of death
What made Ronaldo’s tally of five goals all the more impressive was the fact they came in the competition’s toughest group. Labelled the ‘Group of Death’ before the start of the tournament, defending champions Portugal found themselves in the same pool as reigning world champions France, title contenders Germany and fiesty underdogs Hungary.
Both Germany and France were expected to compete at the business end of the tournament, while Hungary were certainly not at the Euros to make up the numbers. Ronaldo found the back of the net twice against Hungarians, before scoring in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Germans. Another brace against France saw Ronaldo rocket to the top of the goalscoring charts before Portugal’s championship came to an abrupt end in the last-16 against Belgium.
Kane with work to do
Having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Kane will now have the bit between his teeth after rediscovering his goalscoring touch. Punters might well fancy the Spurs star to continue his scoring form against a Danish side that has conceded in four of their five games at Euro 2020 so far.
It’s still going to be a big ask for Kane to not only equal Ronaldo’s five goals, but try and surpass it, with only one guaranteed game remaining. It’s an intriguing contest between two of the best strikers in Europe, but Ronaldo is the one with goals in the bank, and it’s up to Kane to play catch-up.