With two goals against Hungary on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another record to his collection: all-time leading men’s goalscorer at UEFA’s European Championship.
The Portuguese international broke a tie with France legend Michel Platini, who scored all nine of his Euros goals in the 1984 tournament, with his 10th and 11th goals at the Euros.
After Rafa Silva was brought down inside the penalty area, Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 87th minute to double Portugal’s lead to break the record.
Ronaldo sent Hungary goalkeeper Gulacsi the wrong way to become the top scorer in European Championships history – 10 goals. Another brilliant save by Hungary keeper Gulacsi, this time diving to his left, to deny a brilliant shot from Bruno Fernandes from outside the box. The resultant corner produces nothing for Portugal.
Next in line among active players at the Euros is France forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored six goals at Euro 2016. With the goals, Ronaldo is now only three international goals away from tying Iran striker Ali Daei’s all-time men’s international scoring record of 109 goals.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo also became the first men’s player to ever play in five different Euros. In his first Euros in 2004, Ronaldo scored two goals as Portugal ended up losing to Greece in the final
It’s all Portugal in the first half of the contest, but they have nothing to show for it. With almost 70% possession in the opponent’s half, it’s quite surprising they haven’t scored yet. Skipper Ronaldo made a rare miss just before the halftime, hitting his first touch shot over the crossbar from just outside the Hungary six-yard box.
Hungary keeper Gulacsi made a couple of good saves to deny Jota in the first 45 minutes of play. So far, the hosts defenders are upto the mark, and will need a similar performance to keep the all-star attacking line-up of the defending champions at bay in the second half.
— Chirag Godara (@iChiragg) June 16, 2021
Liquid football from Portugal and Ronaldo ?
He's now scored 106 international goals ? pic.twitter.com/AhNbGXBXXM
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