Ronaldo Sets New Records at EURO 2020 (Sports News) – Cristiano Ronaldo continues to stake his claim as possibly the greatest footballer ever by setting new records this year. After conquering club football by winning all major trophies in England, Spain and Italy, the 36-year old Portuguese superstar is making waves anew in international football, notably in the ongoing UEFA EURO 2020 tournament. Let’s take a closer look at what he has accomplished.
Ronaldo Sets New Records at EURO 2020 - Top Goalscorer
Thanks to his last-minute brace in Portugal’s opener against Hungary, Ronaldo has overtaken Michel Platini as the top goalscorer at the European championships. Before the fixture, Ronaldo was tied with the French legend with 9 goals. With Hungary trailing 0-1 most of the game, the Juventus star converted a penalty at the 89th minute and scored another goal shortly after, for a total of 11 scored overall in the tournament.
For context, here is the table of the top 10 players with the most goals scored at the EUROs:
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Ronaldo Sets New Records at EURO 2020 - Appearances
With his appearance at EURO 2020, Ronaldo has also become the first man to participate in five European Championships. He made his debut in 2004, and has been a regular in the event, that is held every four years. Furthermore, he has also participated in the most matches in the EUROs, and still counting. He is also helping his country’s side defend the title they won in 2016. And even with the tournament rescheduled to this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Ronaldo’s drive still appears to be as strong as ever.
Here is the table of the top 10 players with the most appearances at the EUROs:
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Ronaldo Sets New Records at EURO 2020 - Chasing Ali Daei
All that is left for Ronaldo to chase is the largest number of international football goals. Iranian football legend Ali Daei currently holds the record, which is 109 in 148 international games. For context, Ronaldo currently has 106 goals in 176 appearances for Portugal. This means that he only needs four goals to break the record; a feat that he most likely accomplish by the end of EURO 2020.
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