Rampant Ronaldo among five hat-trick hero scorer shouts for Euro 2016
Robbie Purves | June 3, 2016
With Euro 2016 fast approaching, Europe’s finest talent is preparing to descend upon France.
The best footballing nations bring with them some of world football’s leading goalscorers all looking to fill their boots.
Deadly marksman such as Thomas Muller, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic come into the competition with fine scoring records this year, but who is most likely to score a hat-trick.
Thomas Muller (Germany)
The Bavarian born sharpshooter netted 32 in all competitions this year, scoring two in a game on eight occasions.
Germany now face a Group C of Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine. Both the former and later nations conceded eight goals in qualifying, so could present Muller with a real chance of bagging a hat-trick.
The forward was deadly in his nation’s qualifying campaign netting nine in as many matches. Since the international retirement of Miroslav Klose, Muller has taken up the scoring mantle.
Germany’s star striker isn’t blessed with bolstering pace or intricate dribbling skills, but consistently finds the targetwith Coral having Muller 9/2 to score a hat-trick in France.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Fresh off the back of lifting his third Champions League trophy, Ronaldo will look to build upon his incredible 51 goals season by making an impact at Euro 2016.
The forward has scored an incredible 260 La Liga goals in 236 appearances since joining Real Madrid in 2009 and netted an amazing 37 hat-tricks.
Ronaldo made six appearances this season where he scored three or more goals and is a fantastic 5/1 to score a hat-trick at Euro 2016.
Portugal now face a pool of Austria, Hungary and Iceland. If he turns on the style, then Ronaldo can hit a hat-trick against any of these Group F opponents.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
The maverick centre forward helped himself to 51 goals in all competitions this term and, despite his age, doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
Ibrahimovic scored the second-highest total of goals in qualifying with 11 and is 10/1 to register a hat-trick in France.
Republic Of Ireland let in the most goals of any team in Sweden’s Euro 2016 group, and present Zlatan with the best chance to hit a hat-trick.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
Bayern Munich’s leading hitman recorded 42 goals in all competitions this term and led scoring in qualifying with an impressive 13 goals.
Lewandowski netted a hat-trick and a four-goal-haul en route to Poland’s qualification, so the lethal marksman is 12/1 to score three at Euro 2016.
Adam Nawalka’s Poland now face a Group C of Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine. Like Munich teammate Muller above, games against the latter pair will be Lewandowski’s best chance of trebles and he is set to turn out against them either side of battling Die Mannschaft.
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
This creative force arrived at Manchester City with a huge transfer fee, but immediately showed why he was brought to the Etihad.
De Bruyne registered 17 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, despite missing a large chunk of the season injured.
The 24-year-old finished Belgium’s qualifying campaign with three goals in four games and is 12/1 to score a hat-trick in France.
With Eden Hazard experiencing an inconsistent campaign and Romelu Lukaku failing to score in his last 10 club games, a lot of the scoring burden will fall on De Bruyne.
Belgium face a Euro 2016 finals Group E of Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden. The Swedes conceded 12 in qualifying and will provide De Bruyne with a top chance to fill his boots. He is 12/1 score a hat-trick in France.