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Which Real Madrid man stands to be top scorer in the Euros?

Posted on June 27, 2016 by admin

Christiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo had a quiet start to Euro 2016, but reminded everyone how clinical he can be with two crucial strikes against Hungary to fire Portugal into the last-16. His Welsh counterpart, Gareth Bale has been smashing in a goal a game so far to keep the pressure on Ronaldo. It could be a case of which team goes deeper into the competition, as to which player has the best chance to claim the golden boot.

Just as some of the tournament’s underdogs making it past the group stage has been a surprise, so too has Portugal’s inability to top what looked to be an easy group. In the end, they managed to scrape through in third place, but for a time it looked as though they would suffer a huge embarrassment. Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net in the first two games, but Portugal’s key man got going against Hungary and may just have rediscovered his deadly form in time. They go on to face Croatia in the first phase of knockouts. This isn’t a team to be taken lightly, and Ronaldo will be pitted against his brilliant Madrid teammate, Luka Modric, but there is the sense that Fernando Santos’s men have dodged a bullet in this draw. They could just have easily been facing Spain had Vincente Del Bosque’s men not slipped up in their final group game.

Gareth Bale
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After topping their group, Wales found themselves at odds of 25/1 to win the tournament. The best Euro 2016 betting odds for Chris Coleman’s squad came before the competition started, though, as they were placed at 80/1 before a Euro 2016 ball was kicked. Wales would be going into the round of 16 unbeaten had it not been for a late Daniel Sturridge goal in the tie against England, and they look like one of the strongest underdogs in the tournament.

Many thought that the team would be heavily focused around Bale, and the strategy would be to get the ball to the Real Madrid man and let him work his magic. To an extent that has been true, as the talisman pulled off two exceptionally powerful free kick goals in the opening group games. But Wales have also shown that they can play with passion as a team, and the belief they have could see them go further than Portugal in this competition. With three goals already, Bale is now the bookies favourite to win the golden boot, but there is another contender who may trump the Welshman.

Álvaro Morata is starting to find his groove for Spain and, although he wasn’t a Real Madrid player going into the competition, the Galacticos have now activated the player’s buy-back clause to bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu. With two goals to his name already, if Spain can brush aside Italy in the next round he has a strong chance of beating Bale and Ronaldo to the coveted award.

Whichever way the tournament goes, it’s looking fairly likely that one of Zinedine Zidane’s men will come out on top for goals scored.

1 to “Which Real Madrid man stands to be top scorer in the Euros?”

  1. Bello Abdullahi says:

    Ronaldo will be always on top followed by Bale

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