Among the previous winners of this award at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship are eight players who have gone on to earn full international honours.
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Former winners (current format)
2017: Saúl Ñíguez, Spain – 5
2015: Jan Kliment, Czech Republic – 3
2013: Álvaro Morata, Spain – 4
2011: Adrián López, Spain – 5
2009: Marcus Berg, Sweden – 7
2007: Maceo Rigters, Netherlands – 4
2006: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Netherlands – 4
2004: Alberto Gilardino, Italy – 4
2002: Massimo Maccarone, Italy – 3
2000: Andrea Pirlo, Italy – 3
• Saúl Ñíguez equalled compatriot Adrián López's haul of five goals in 2017.
• Czech Republic striker Jan Kliment scored all the goals that won him the 2015 Golden Boot in the first 56 minutes of the hosts' 4-0 victory against Serbia on matchday two of the last edition.
• Striker Álvaro Morata scored four goals to head a Spain one-two-three – ahead of Thiago Alcántara and Isco – in the adidas Golden Boot award rankings for the 2013 finals.
• Sweden's Marcus Berg holds the record for most goals scored at a final tournament, having struck seven times in 2009 on home soil.
• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar found the net twice for the Oranje in the 2006 final.
• The first three winners were Italian and all went on to earn senior caps for the Azzurri.