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Cristiano Ronaldo Euros Top Goalscorer Odds: Portugal legend 12/1 to take Golden Boot

Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo was joint top goalscorer at the last Euros and is 12/1 to become the first man to repeat the feat.

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Predicting when Ronaldo may finally decide to bring an end to his dazzling career isn't easy, but what is surely certain is that his European Championship swansong comes in Germany this summer.

bet365's Steve Freeth said: "There had been a few question marks about whether he would start the opener against the Czech Republic but he silenced the doubters in true Ronaldo fashion not once but twice with legions of punters backing the 39-year-old once he bagged his first just after half-time.

“Ronaldo scored all of five of his Euro 2020 goals in the group stage and looking at Portugal’s opponents in Group G, you wouldn’t put it past him to carry on rolling back the years in Germany.”

The legendary Portugal skipper will be 43 by the time Euro 2028 kicks off and even allowing for his insatiable desire to keep playing, it's hard to believe he will be around for what would be a record-extending seventh finals.

So if this is it, and Germany is his European Championship farewell, what are the chances of him bowing out with more personal or team glory?

Portugal are quietly fancied to go all the way at odds of 8/1. And how about being the tournament top goalscorer? At 12/1, with only two players rated higher in betting and coming off another extraordinary net-finding season, he'd be a hard man to bet against.

Will Saudi heroics be the prelude to another Golden summer?

Ronaldo will fly into Germany this summer in the richest of form.

The 39-year-old is fast approaching 900 career goals after collecting another 35 for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. He did it in just 31 games, bagging four hat-tricks along the way.

He broke the previous league record - set by Abderrazak Hamdallah in 2019 - though his efforts weren't enough to earn his side the league title.

Regardless of what commentators make of the Saudi Pro League, it was still an impressive feat from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and demonstrated that even as he inches towards 40, that goalscoring instinct has not deserted him.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star's scoring appetite hasn't dried up since leaving for the Gulf, and he has also been in rich form for his country.

Portugal were the top scorers in qualifying by some distance, bagging 36 goals in 10 matches and Ronaldo was his country's top individual marksman with 10. Only Belgium's Romelu Lukaku scored more - 14 - while Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane were just behind on nine and eight, respectively.

There will be surprise names in the battle for the Golden Boot because there always are - three years ago it was Czech Republic's Patrik Schick who dead-heated with Ronaldo on five goals, CR7 taking the prize courtesy of having an assist.

But big-hitters Lukaku, Mbappe and Kane are difficult to discount as contenders for top-scorer glory.

Will Ronaldo get the minutes to take scoring honours?

The big negative against Ronaldo for anyone wanting a bet on him being crowned top goalscorer is that he should not be considered a nailed-on starter for every game.

While it's unthinkable that the likes of Mbappe or Kane get left out by Didier Deschamps or Gareth Southgate, Roberto Martinez has excellent - and younger - options in attack.

And, while it's true that Ronaldo scored 10 in qualifying, they were in the softest of sections and he rightly filled his boots against the likes of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

He will probably start for Martinez but eight games in 13 days - if the Selecao reach the round of 16 - is a big ask for someone who is 39.

At the World Cup in Qatar he was dropped twice by then manager Fernando Santos and scored just a solitary goal - a penalty - in five appearances.

Martinez can call upon class acts like Liverpool's Diogo Jota, Joao Felix of Barcelona and Rafael Leao from Milan, so isn't short of quality options.

Goals scored in the group stage will be critical to whoever walks off with the top-scorer spoils and Portugal should be happy to see Turkey, Czech Republic and Georgia as opponents.

That said, with third place offering a potential route into the last 16, those other three Group F nations will view their games against the Portuguese as a fixture they don't want to lose and set up accordingly.

Having said all of that, and even allowing for his venerable age, the astonishing Ronaldo has proved time and time again that records are there to be broken, so don't rule out one last incredible hurrah.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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