Top scorers in the European Championship: Rooney, Ronaldo, Griezmann, Platini and the other top scorers

The European Championship was founded in 1960 with only four participating teams: Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and the hosts, France, and has expanded to what will be a pan-European tournament of 24 nations this summer.

Eleven different cities, from Dublin to Baku, will host Euro 2020, which starts on Friday, June 12 when Turkey faces Italy in Rome, and ends in Wembley on Sunday, July 12.

In its history, only 17 players have scored five or more goals, and only three of them have scored more than six: an Englishman, a Frenchman and a Portuguese.

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The euros have been the setting for some world class strikers over the years, with characters like Fernando Torres, Patrick Kluivert and Jurgen Klinsmann, all shining in the tournament.

Here we take a look at the best scorers of the European Championship:

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1/17 Zinedine Zidane – 5 goals

The elegant Frenchman played in three European Championships and was named Player of the Tournament while leading France to glory in the Euro 2000 Championship.

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02/17 Fernando Torres – 5 goals

El Niño played a key role in the consecutive triumphs of Spain in 2008 and 2012, winning the man of the match in the first final and the Golden Boot in the last tournament.

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03/17 Jurgen Klinsmann – 5 goals

The former Tottenham striker was part of the German team that won the tournament in 1996.

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4/17 Mario Gomez – 5 goals

The German was the top scorer in 2012, as he fell to Italy in the semifinals.

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05/17 Milan Baros – 5 goals

The Czech forward played at three euros, but scored all his goals in one, in the 2004 Euro Cup, when they reached the semifinals losing to the eventual winners Greece.

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06/17 Marco van Basten – 5 goals

The Dutchman scored five goals in 1988 when the Netherlands won the tournament, including perhaps the biggest blow of the 2020 Eurocup when he flew home against the Soviet Union.

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7/17 Savo Milosevic – 5 goals

The former Aston Villa forward fired the Euro 2000 in his four appearances for the free scorer Yugoslavia.

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17/8 Nuno Gomes – 6 goals

The Portuguese striker scored in three different tournaments.

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17/9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6 goals

The Swede played in four tournaments, scoring in the first three from 2004 to 2012, but never threatened to win the trophy.

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10/17 Thierry Henry – 6 goals

Henry started the final of the 2000 Eurocup when France claimed the trophy, having scored in the semifinal against Portugal.

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11/17 Wayne Rooney – 6 goals

Another scorer of three tournaments that was announced on the international stage with his performances in the 2004 Euro Cup.

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12/17 Patrick Kluivert – 6 goals

The Dutchman scored in Euro 96 and 2000, finishing the latter as a top scorer. He was the only orange player to find the net, as Holland lost to Italy in a shootout in the semifinals of the Euro 2000.

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13/17 Ruud van Nistelrooy – 6 goals

Another Dutch scorer, scoring his six goals in eight games in two tournaments, but never achieved as much with Holland as he should.

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14/17 Antoine Griezmann – 6 goals (still active)

The Frenchman won the World Cup and scored six goals with his only euros in 2016, winning the Golden Boot and the Tournament Player.

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15/17 Alan Shearer – 7 goals

He finished the top scorer in Euro 96 in the England tournament he feels he should have won.

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16/17 Cristiano Ronaldo – 9 goals (still active)

The Portuguese has scored nine goals in 21 extraordinary games in four separate championships, winning the most recent edition, and will surely be the top scorer by the end of his fifth tournament.

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17/17 Michel Platini – 9 goals

The captain of France scored two triples in the 1984 Eurocup when he produced one of the great individual performances of the tournament to give Les Bleus his first big trophy.

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1/17 Zinedine Zidane – 5 goals

The elegant Frenchman played in three European Championships and was named Player of the Tournament while leading France to glory in the Euro 2000 Championship.

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02/17 Fernando Torres – 5 goals

El Niño played a key role in the consecutive triumphs of Spain in 2008 and 2012, winning the man of the match in the first final and the Golden Boot in the last tournament.

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03/17 Jurgen Klinsmann – 5 goals

The former Tottenham striker was part of the German team that won the tournament in 1996.

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4/17 Mario Gomez – 5 goals

The German was the top scorer in 2012, as he fell to Italy in the semifinals.

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05/17 Milan Baros – 5 goals

The Czech forward played at three euros, but scored all his goals in one, in the 2004 Euro Cup, when they reached the semifinals losing to the eventual winners Greece.

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06/17 Marco van Basten – 5 goals

The Dutchman scored five goals in 1988 when the Netherlands won the tournament, including perhaps the biggest blow of the 2020 Eurocup when he flew home against the Soviet Union.

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7/17 Savo Milosevic – 5 goals

The former Aston Villa forward fired the Euro 2000 in his four appearances for the free scorer Yugoslavia.

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17/8 Nuno Gomes – 6 goals

The Portuguese striker scored in three different tournaments.

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17/9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6 goals

The Swede played in four tournaments, scoring in the first three from 2004 to 2012, but never threatened to win the trophy.

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10/17 Thierry Henry – 6 goals

Henry started the final of the 2000 Eurocup when France claimed the trophy, having scored in the semifinal against Portugal.

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11/17 Wayne Rooney – 6 goals

Another scorer of three tournaments that was announced on the international stage with his performances in the 2004 Euro Cup.

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12/17 Patrick Kluivert – 6 goals

The Dutchman scored in Euro 96 and 2000, finishing the latter as a top scorer. He was the only orange player to find the net, as Holland lost to Italy in a shootout in the semifinals of the Euro 2000.

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13/17 Ruud van Nistelrooy – 6 goals

Another Dutch scorer, scoring his six goals in eight games in two tournaments, but never achieved as much with Holland as he should.

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14/17 Antoine Griezmann – 6 goals (still active)

The Frenchman won the World Cup and scored six goals with his only euros in 2016, winning the Golden Boot and the Tournament Player.

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15/17 Alan Shearer – 7 goals

He finished the top scorer in Euro 96 in the England tournament he feels he should have won.

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16/17 Cristiano Ronaldo – 9 goals (still active)

The Portuguese has scored nine goals in 21 extraordinary games in four separate championships, winning the most recent edition, and will surely be the top scorer by the end of his fifth tournament.

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17/17 Michel Platini – 9 goals

The captain of France scored two triples in the 1984 Eurocup when he produced one of the great individual performances of the tournament to give Les Bleus his first big trophy.

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Check out the gallery above to see the best shooters.

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