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The rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament is just around the corner, and we’re set for a mouth-watering month of top class football, as 24 European nations battle it out for the trophy.
The top-scorer award is set to be fiercely contested this year, with a host of lethal strikers in contention for the Golden Boot, which was picked up by France’s Antoine Griezmann in the 2016 edition of the tournament.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key contenders for claiming the honour of Euro 2020’s top scorer, and the boots they’ll be strutting their stuff in:
Harry Kane - England
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Kane been on red-hot form again this season, scoring 23 Premier League goals to secure the competition’s Golden Boot for the third time in his career. On top of that, he scored more goals (12) than any other player in qualifying for Euro 2020.
He’ll be showcasing a pair of Nike Phantom GT Elites for the big tournament.
Robert Lewandowski - Poland
Poland’s captain has once again been in formidable form for Bayern Munich this season, blasting his way to a stunning 41 Bundesliga goals as his side continue to dominate the German top tier.
In a group with Slovakia, Spain and Sweden, Poland will face a tough test to win their group, but Lewandowski will fancy his chances of bagging a glut of goals to aid his side’s efforts.
He’ll be slipping on a pair of Nike Phantom VNM boots, as he looks to continue his prolific club form on the international stage.
Kylian Mbappe - France
After PSG crashed out of the Champions League and failed to win Ligue 1, the chance for some time away with France will come as a welcome relief for the 22-year-old.
He was a World Cup winner with Les Bleus back in 2018, and was named the tournament’s best young player after dazzling in his first major international tournament.
Mbappe will strut his stuff in some Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elites, most likely of the metallic silver variety.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal
He may be 36, but CR7 is still a deadly goal threat, and heads into the tournament fresh off the back of a 36-goal campaign with Juventus.
Ronaldo earned the Silver Boot at Euro 2016, in the year Portugal won their first major international tournament.
The ex-Real Madrid talisman will, like Mbappe, pop on a pair of Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elites.
Romelu Lukaku - Belgium
Leading the line for the number one ranked team in the world, after netting 24 goals in Inter’s first Series.
A title winning campaign in over a decade, Lukaku will go into the competition brimming with confidence.
At the age of 28, he’s already got 91 senior caps for Belgium, and has scored for them on 59 occasions.
His footwear of choice, like Harry Kane, will be Nike Phantom GT Elites.
Raheem Sterling - England
Is this the summer Raheem Sterling finally nails it at an international tournament?
He always gets bags of chances, and he’s likely to get plenty of game time for England as they look to win their first major tournament since 1966.
Sterling will be wearing a pair of bespoke New Balance Furon v6+ boots.
Memphis Depay - Netherlands
The 2018 World Cup wasn’t the same without the Netherlands, and they’ll be eager to burst back onto the scene with a strong showing this summer.
Memphis has been in lethal form for Lyon this season, scoring 21 goals in a campaign that saw his side secure Europa League football for 2021/22.
At Euro 2020, he’ll be zipping about in some Adidas X Ghosted+ boots.
Here are the boots that might be worn by this year’s Golden Boot winner:
Nike Phantom GT Elite FG (as worn by Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku)
“The Nike Phantom GT Elite FG is a data-driven design engineered for precise attacks.
Grippy texture across the Flyknit top and specialised traction on the bottom let you take control of the game.”
Phantom Venom Elite FG Football Boots (as worn by Robert Lewandowski)
“Engineered with a Flyknit upper which delivers a stretchy, supportive and breathable fit.
Crafted with All Conditions Control (ACC) technology which helps boost your first touch in all weather, while the ridges on the instep help create spin on the ball for precise and powerful strikes.
The boots come complete with moulded studs for stable traction on firm ground surfaces, whereas the NikeGrip insole helps prevent your foot from slipping”
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elites (as worn by Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo)
“The Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elite FG features a new look with specialised components to let you play your fastest from start to finish.
A stretchy collar provides extra support, and the innovative plate provides instant responsiveness for quicker cuts at high speeds.”
New Balance Furon v6+ (as worn by Raheem Sterling)
“With a flexible, lightweight FIT WEAVE stretch upper for unrivalled shape retention, and a hyper-lock tuned lacing system and elastic knit collar for incredible comfort and a superior sock-fit lockdown feel.
The Furon v6 boasts an ergonomic performance last with lower toe spring, and a lightweight nylon chassis engineered for elite athletes featuring injected clear TPU multi-directional studs for the best braking and acceleration on firm ground pitches.”
Adidas X Ghosted+ (as worn by Memphis Depay)
“The raised forefoot on these laceless adidas football boots keeps you on your toes, and a springy Carbitex carbon-fibre insert on the outsole injects explosive propulsion.
Low-profile with a Clawcollar and super thin, the composite Mirageskin upper locks you in while leaving your ankles free.”