Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
The precocious winger burst onto the international scene when, at just 19, he scored two goals at Euro 2004 and was named in the team of the tournament. Ronaldo is now widely acknowledged as the world’s best player, a title supported by the 36 goals he has scored so far this season for Manchester United. This includes 10 goals in his last 11 Champions League games and 26 Premier League goals with six matches remaining.
During Euro 2008 qualification, he scored 8 goals; his pace, trickery and ability to score from anywhere will put fear into defenders across Europe. Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 54 international games.
Fernando Torres – Spain
The 23-year-old Liverpool striker has blossomed this season, scoring 21 Premier League goals so far, as well as four in his last four Champions League appearances. Torres made his international debut at just 19 and has won 46 international caps, scoring 15 goals, including 3 goals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Spain will be hoping that the talismanic striker can transfer his sparkling club form to the international stage at Euro 2008.
Thierry Henry – France
FC Barcelona’s Henry has enjoyed an exceptional international career spanning over a decade. He arrived at the 1998 World Cup as a relative unknown, but ended the tournament as France’s top scorer with 3 goals. Henry scored 3 times at Euro 2000 and twice at Euro 2004, and at the 2006 World Cup he was one of 10 nominees for Player of the Tournament.
Henry has scored a record 44 goals for France and needs just two more caps to reach 100.
Bayern Munich’s Klose thrives on big occasions: he has scored 10 World Cup goals for Germany – 5 apiece in 2002 and 2006 – winning the Golden Boot as top scorer in 2006. He is the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups. Klose is well-known for his aerial ability and goalscoring instincts. He has earned 74 international caps to date, scoring an impressive 38 goals.
Inter Milan’s Ibrahimovi is recognised as one of the top strikers currently playing in Europe, despite failing to score a goal for Sweden in the 2006 World Cup or any of their 12 Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Since his international debut in 2001, the large, skillful attacker has scored 18 goals in 49 games for Sweden.
Toni, who now plays for Bayern Munich in Germany, was a late bloomer, only debuting for Italy in 2004 at the age of 27. In the 2005/06 season, Toni scored 31 Serie A goals for Fiorentina – the first player to score over 30 goals in a season for almost 50 years.
Toni scored two goals at the 2006 World Cup, which Italy won, and has netted a total of 16 goals from 33 caps.
* All Stats correct as at April 01, 2008.
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