On Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal won his first Golden Boot at a European Championship after Italy triumphed over Croatia.
As a result, Ronaldo scored against both Hungary and France in every group stage match for Portugal. In the round of 16, however, he was unable to score against Belgium as the team lost 0-1 to the Europeans.
Prior to the final against Italy, England captain Harry Kane had an opportunity to overtake Ronaldo with four goals. Ultimately, the award was won by the latter.
In addition, with his 14th goal, Ronaldo became the Euros’ all-time leading goal scorer. In the meantime, he equaled Iran striker Ali Daei’s international goalscoring record with 109.
At UEFA EURO 2020, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was named player of the tournament.
Following a 1-1 tie after extra time in the final, Donnarumma scored two penalty kicks as Italy won 3-2 on spot-kicks.
The 22-year-old made back-to-back penalties to seal victory for the Italians against English youngsters Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. It was his stoppage of Alvaro Morata’s last penalty that had kept his team from losing to Spain in the semis.
A tournament clean sheet was Donnarumma’s third, conceding just four goals during the course of the tournament. He follows the likes of Matthias Sammer (1996 – Germany), Zinedine Zidane (2000 – France), Theodoros Zagorakis (2004 – Greece), Xavi (2008 – Spain), Andres Iniesta (2012 – Spain) and Antoine Griezmann (2016 – France) in winning the MVP award.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is the 2021 Golden Glove winner after his nation finished runner-up at the European Championships.
Five clean sheets were recorded during Everton’s run in the competition, with just two goals conceded. After being criticized by several pundits ahead of EURO 2020, he is considered one of England’s top players.
Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy, who had each kept three clean sheets, were his closest competitors.
A stellar England backline, including Pickford, starred in Euro 2012. Before the quarterfinals, there hadn’t been a single goal conceded.