Portuguese International and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Golden Boot Award in the just-concluded EURO 2020.
Ronaldo scored a total of five goals before Portugal was eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. In that game Ronaldo drew blank as he could not find the net, with the match ending one goal in favour of Belgium. Ronaldo’s five goals were scored in four matches and that was enough to fetch him the highest goal scorer (Golden Boot award).
Patrik Schick, the Czech professional footballer also scored five goals alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner but the award was given to Cristiano Ronaldo based on UEFA rule.
The UEFA states that if two or more players score the same number of goals and jointly emerge as highest goal scorers, any of the two players with the highest number of assists will win the award.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Boot award ahead of his contender Patrik Schick after providing one assist to Diogo Jota who scored the second goal for Portugal against Germany during the second fixture in the Group F stage with the game ending 2-4 in favour of Germany.
Patrik Schick, who equally scored five goals to help this country, Czech Republic qualify for the quarter-final, did not provide any assist, hence Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the golden boot.
Other highest goal scorer contenders were Karim Benzema (France) and Emil Forsberg (Sweden) who both scored four goals each in the competition.
The Portuguese forward started his award-winning goal scoring record in the opening match, scoring the last two goals of the match against Hungary with Portugal winning 3-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal in the competition in the 15th minute of the first half in the match against Germany but Portugal lost the match by 2-4.
With two penalty kicks awarded to Portugal at the 31st and 60th minutes of the first and second half respectively against France, Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of the opportunity, recording his fourth and fifth goal of the competition thereby seen to have equalled Ali Daei’s record as the highest European Championship goal-scorer of all time.
The fifth goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in the EURO 2020 against France through a penalty kick brought Ronaldo’s goals tally to a record 109 goals in his international career as a footballer spanning 178 appearances and the penalty saw his country qualify for the round of 16, where they were eliminated by Belgium in the competition and in the process matching the record of Iran’s striker, Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals in 149 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo added two more awards to his name during the just-concluded EURO 2020 after winning the Golden Boot Award and joining Ali Daei as the all-time Highest European Championship goal-scorer.