Golden Boots Candidate to Watch in Euro 2008

By: Hans David

More than 50%, the players that are listed in the Golden Boot award list made by the European Sports Magazine (ESM), come to represent the countries that participate in the next football summer tournament in Switzerland and Austria.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese winger who plays for Manchester United, tops the list with 72 points, a result of his 36 goals up until 10th March. For players who are playing in the top league such as the EPL, Serie A and La Liga, ESM multiplies the goals made with "2" to determine the points gained by the players.

The purpose of these coefficient differences is to put a different standard of football played in various countries, so when a player scored 50 goals, but if he played in a weaker league he won't top the list over players who play in a much more competitive league.

Ronaldo is followed closely by fellow footballers, who pundits expect to rise and shine at Euro 2008, such as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Holland) of Ajax Amsterdam, Fernando Torres (Spain) of Liverpool, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) of Sweden and Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyon) of France.

From the Golden Boot list, a Russian player by the name of Dmitri Lipartov (JK Trans Nava) is also listed, he tops the Russian league goal scorer list with 29 goals. But unfortunately he has never been capped for the Russian National side. The striker has high hopes of getting called into the squad by Russian manager, Guus Hiddink, but somehow the odds seem to be against him, due to his 34 year old age disadvantage.

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