UEFA European Championship is one of the most popular football tournaments in the world, comparable only to FIFA club world cup. The Euro tournament was played by the members of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and held every four years since 1960.
There are many famous football goal scorers in the history of the UEFA European Championship. Who are the top goal scorers in European Championship? Let's check out which football players came out!
1. Michel Platini
Michel Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a legendary goal scorer in the history of European Championship. He was a professional attacking midfielder and successful captain & manager of the French team. In his career, he scored 9 goals in 5 soccer matches and holds the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship. Michel Platini served as the 6th president of UEFA at 26 January 2007 and he was the first former football player to become president of UEFA.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is another best goal scorer in the European Championship. He currently plays for Juventus as a forward and also the captain of Portugal national team. Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals in the UEFA European Championship. He has scored a record of 9 goals in 21 football matches. His extreme popularity made Ronaldo one of the richest football player in the world.
3. Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer is a former English famous football player and goal scorer who born on 13 August 1970 in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He took part in 1992, 1996, and 2000 UEFA Euro and scored with an overall record of 7 goals in only 6 soccer matches. Alan Shearer handed his full England debut in 1992, became national captain in 1996, and retired from international football in 2000. After retiring as a football player in 2006, he has worked as a football pundit on the BBC for the popular football programme “Match of the Day”.
4. Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann born on 21 March 1991 and brought up in Macon, France. He currently plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team. Antoine Griezmann was chosen for France to play in UEFA Euro 2016. He racked up a total of 6 goals and 2 assists in 7 football matches. Antoine Griezmann is the only goal scorer who scores the most goals in one UEFA European Championship. He was the top scorer in UEFA Euro 2016, and was voted the “Player of the Tournament”.
5. Ruud van Nistelrooy
Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" van Nistelrooy is a Dutch former football player who born on 1 July 1976 and brought up in Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands. He used to play as a forward for Netherlands national team. Van Nistelrooy also played for Manchester United in UEFA Euro 2004 and Real Madrid in UEFA Euro 2008. He notched 6 goals in 8 soccer matches with a record for being one of the top goal scorers in European competition. After retired in 2012, Ruud van Nistelrooy is currently serving as the coach of PSV Eindhoven youth team.
6. Patrick Kluivert
Patrick Stephan Kluivert is also a Dutch former footballer who born on 1 July 1976 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was a striker who played for AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. During UEFA Euro 2000, Patrick Kluivert was on his peak as he became a top goal scorer. He scored with an overall record of 6 goals in only 9 football matches. After retired, Patrick Kluivert rejoins FC Barcelona as the manager of the youth academy in July 2019.
7. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Mark Rooney born on 24 October 1985 and brought up in Croxteth, Liverpool, England. He is an English professional football player, best known for playing for Manchester United, Everton and England. Wayne Rooney has played in the 2004, 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Championship. He bagged total 6 goals in 10 soccer matches. Wayne Rooney is the youngest ever goal scorer in the history of European Championship.
8. Thierry Henry
Thierry Daniel Henry is a former French professional football player who born on 17 August 1977 in Les Ulis, Essonne, France. He has played UEFA European Football Championship in 2000, 2004, and 2008. As one of the top goal scorers, Thierry Henry notched a total of 6 goals in 11 football matches. He brought France to a victory in the UEFA Euro 2000. Thierry Henry retired from international football in 2014 and currently serves as the assistant manager of the Belgium soccer team.
9. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional football player who plays for the English Manchester United Football Club. He born on 3 October 1981 in Malmö, Sweden. Ibrahimović represented Sweden as a goal scorer at the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 UEFA European Championships. He racked up a total of 6 goals in 13 soccer matches. Zlatan Ibrahimović became the captain of the Swedish football team from 2010 until he retired from international football in 2016.
10. Nuno Gomes
Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro (Nuno Gomes) is a former Portuguese professional striker who born in 5 July 1976 in Amarante, Portugal. Nuno Gomes played for Portugal at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 UEFA European Championships. He bagged a total of 6 goals in 14 football matches. Nuno Gomes was the goal scorer for the national team as he helped the team won second place in Euro 2004 and third place in Euro 2000. In 2013, he was released from his contract with Blackburn Rovers and retired at the age of 37.
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