France's Antoine Griezmann wins Golden Boot despite failing to shine in Euro 2016 final
Last Updated: 10/07/16 11:52pm
Antoine Griezmann finished on the losing side in the Euro 2016 final but the France forward won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer at the tournament.
Griezmann failed to shine in Sunday's showpiece as Portugal claimed a shock 1-0 win over the hosts, thanks to Eder's extra-time strike.
But the Atletico Madrid player's six goals in the competition - three ahead of his nearest challengers - saw him claim a personal accolade.
Euro 2016 - top scorers
|Antoine Griezmann (Fra)||6||2|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Por)||3||3|
|Olivier Giroud (Fra)||3||2|
|Dimitri Payet (Fra)||3||2|
|Gareth Bale (Wal)||3||1|
|Alvaro Morata (Esp)||3||0|
Griezmann, who had previously only scored in friendlies for France and who was deemed a 9/1 shot for the trophy, failed to find the net in his country's opener against Romania but came off the bench to help seal a last-gasp win over Albania.
He added two more in a last-16 encounter with Republic of Ireland, scored one and set up another in a 5-2 quarter-final thumping against Iceland and then starred with a double in the semi-final win over Germany.
A flicked header that missed the target was the closest Griezmann came in the final as France fell short but only compatriot Michel Platini - with nine goals in 1984 - has scored more at one European Championship.
Closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo - who was taken off injured in the first half - finished second by virtue of his superior number of assists, while Olivier Giroud was third with three goals and two assists, pipping Dimitri Payet, who had the same tally but played 50 minutes more.
Wales' Gareth Bale finished fifth after strikes against Slovakia, England and Russia in the group stages.
Griezmann, who scored 32 goals for his club in all competitions last season, takes the title from 2012 winner, Spain's Fernando Torres.
Previous Euro top scorers
|2012||Fernando Torres (Spa)||3|
|2008||David Villa (Spa)||4|
|2004||Milan Baros (Cze)||5|
|2000||Patrick Kluivert (Ned), Savo Milosevic (Yug)||5|
|1996||Alan Shearer (Eng)||5|
|1992||Henrik Larsen (Den), Karlheinz Riedle (Ger), Dennis Bergkamp (Ned), Tomas Brolin (Swe)||3|
|1988||Marco van Basten (Ned)||5|
|1984||Michel Platini (Fra)||9|
|1980||Klaus Allofs (W Ger)||3|
|1976||Dieter Muller (W Ger)||4|
|1972||Gerd Muller (W Ger)||4|
|1968||Dragan Dzajic (Yug)||2|
|1964||Chus Pereda (Spa), Ferenc Bene (Hun), Dezso Novak (Hun)||2|
|1960||Francois Heutte (Fra), Viktor Ponedelnik (USSR), Valentin Ivanov (USSR), Drazan Jerkovic (Yug), Milan Galic (Yug)||2|