Golden Boot

The Golden Boot betting is always a fun market to bet on as it lasts a long time and lets you enjoy every goal scored by your selection.

Previous European Championships Golden Boot Winners

Year Host Winner Top Scorer(s) Goals
2012 Poland and Ukraine Spain Split 5 Ways 3
2008 Austria and Switzerland Spain David Villa 4
2004 Portugal Greece Milan Baros 5
2000 Belgium and Netherlands France Patrick Kluivert/Savo Milosevic 5
1996 England Germany Alan Shearer 5
1992 Sweden Denmark Split 4 Ways 3
1988 West Germany Netherlands Marco Van Basten 5
1984 France France Michel Platini 9
1980 Italy West Germany Klaus Allofs 3
1976 Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia Dieter Muller 4
1972 Belgium West Germany Gerd Muller 4
1968 Italy Italy Dragan Dzajic 2
1964 Spain Spain Split 3 Ways 2
1960 France USSR Split 5 Ways 2

There are some simple factors to consider which will give players an advantage in this market.

What teams is your player going to play against?

An easy couple of group games is an ideal opportunity for a striker to score the main proportion of goals he is going to score all tournament. Being drawn against the tournament whipping boys is a massive positive for a player's potential to be Golden Boot.

What sort of tactics does your player's side employ?

First of all the team is going to need to be fairly attacking. A team that wins the tournament with a series of 1-0 wins is not likely to provide a Golden Boot winner. A team that has plenty of high scoring games is preferable. The team will also need to play to the player's strengths. Just because a player scores plenty of goals for his club doesn't mean he always transfers it to the International stage.

How far is your player's team likely to get?

Teams will play a minimum of three games and a maximum of six games. That's a big difference. A team that gets to the final is obviously going to get more games to score goals. In eleven of the last fourteen European Championships the Golden Boot has played in the final. That's a very strong statistic.

Does your player take free kicks and penalties?

Taking free kicks and penalties can often add one or two goals to a player's tally that they may not have ordinarily scored. This can make all the difference between a winner and a loser. It should only take four or five goals to win the Golden Boot so that's a big proportion.

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Euro 2016 Golden Boot Contenders

These are the leading contenders for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot. Check out our thoughts and their golden boot betting odds.

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