Antoine Griezmann Wins Euro 2016 Golden Boot: Stats, Comments and Reaction

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 10, 2016

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates his side's 2-0 win at the end of the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Antoine Griezmann clinched the Euro 2016 Golden Boot on Sunday and finished as the tournament's top scorer, after Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 in the final thanks to an extra-time winner from Eder.

The Atletico Madrid forward finished with six goals to his name, at least three goals more than any other player in the competition.

Griezmann scored six goals at Euro 2016.
Griezmann scored six goals at Euro 2016.Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Griezmann's tally was the highest number of goals a player has scored at the UEFA European Championship since Michel Platini netted nine at Euro 1984.

Griezmann came into Sunday's final having scored five in his last three appearances for Les Bleus, including braces against Germany and the Republic of Ireland as well as a single strike in the 5-2 drubbing of Iceland.

AS Roma columnist Julian De Martinis suggested the tournament's top scorer also deserved the award for the best overall player:

Despite failing to hit the back of the net against Portugal, Griezmann laid the groundwork in the previous stages of the competition to haul in the top-scorer award.

The Frenchman's lack of a breakthrough on Sunday wasn't for a lack of trying, as Match of the Day emphasised midway through the second half:

Portugal and France played out a finale at the Stade de France bereft of many scoring opportunities, but Griezmann consistently looked like one of the most likely figures to break through.

It wasn't until the 109th minute that Portugal substitute Eder smashed home a long-range decider, becoming the Selecao's hero after Cristiano Ronaldo left early with a knee injury.

Griezmann had his chances to put France ahead in the final.
Griezmann had his chances to put France ahead in the final.Michael Probst/Associated Press

Olivier Giroud led France's line for much of Euro 2016, but Griezmann excelled while coming into the supporting-striker role, with Les Bleus evolving to shape much of their strategy around his displays.

Griezmann's first goal of the tournament was a 90th-minute header in a 2-0 win over Albania in the group stage, and even though Dimitri Payet netted a second just minutes later, Griezmann's breakthrough was a crucial one.

That effort was the Atleti frontman's only hit in Group A, but tournament-defining performances against the Republic of Ireland and Germany paved his route to the Golden Boot. 

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