The record number of goals is currently held by Frenchman Michel Platini with nine goals at Euro 1984, as he inspired home nation France on their way to winning the competition, finding the back of the net against Denmark once, as well as two hattricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia in the group stages, before scoring an extra-time winner against Portugal in the semi-finals, as well as bagging the opening goal of the final in a 2-0 victory over Spain.
Nowadays, there are more rounds in the European Championships, as back then there were only two groups, of which the top two would advance to the semi-finals, whereas at present there are six groups, which all split into a round of 16 and quarter-finals via four of the best third-placed teams advancing from the group stages.
It will be a tough ask for the likes of Antoine Griezmann to go four goals better than he did at Euro 2016, as he won the Golden Boot with six goals as France finished runners-up, especially due to the fact that France will face the likes of Germany and Portugal, in their group, with Hungary being the obvious team to score goals against in that group.
Despite, this the likes of Kylian Mbappe comes into this tournament on the back of 42 goals in 47 matches and is arguably a better play than that which inspired France to win the 2018 World Cup, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is also a big game player and even managed a hat—trick in the last Euros against Hungary as part of his 104 international goals for Portugal.
Harry Kane may also fancy his chances having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, scoring six times, the most at that tournament since Ronaldo scored eight for Brazil in 2002. England will take on the likes of Croatia, the Czech Republic and Scotland. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is in scintillating form, having managed a Bundesliga record with 41 goals in 29 appearances, but, scoring 10 goals is highly unlikely considering the fact he plays for Poland who are unlikely to go far enough in the tournament to see this happen.
Perhaps the floor will be open to other candidates who play for some of the favourites to beat Platini’s record, as Italy’s Ciro Immobile will face the like of Switzerland, Turkey and Wales in his group, whilst Holland forward Memphis Depay will pip his wits against Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine.