Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Euros all-time goalscorer

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JUNE 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena on June 23, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Tibor Illyes - Pool/Getty Images)

With his two goals in Portugal’s 3-0 win against Hungary, Cristiano Ronaldo became the European Championship’s top scorer of all time. The Portuguese forward scored his 10th goal in the European Championship with a late penalty which broke former UEFA’s president and French star Michael Platini’s record. He later added to the record by scoring another injury-time goal against Hungary.

However, the Juventus forward did not stop at 11 goals since he scored one more goal, which marked a defeat against Germany, together with his two goals in the draw against France. Therefore, the record now is not 11, but 14 goals which knowing Ronaldo, will just increase as the matches continue. 

With these goals, he helped Portugal reach the top 16 in the tournament where they will face Belgium. 

What other records has he broken?

Besides becoming the all-time European Championship’s top scorer, Ronaldo also became the first player to score in five different European Championships. Specifically, he scored a goal in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 editions of the EURO. 

With the win against Hungary, Cristiano Ronaldo also became the player with the most wins in Euros’ matches.

What other records can he break?

With the five goals he scored so far in the EURO, the Portuguese star now has 109 international goals and needs just one more to become the all-time top scorer in men’s international football.

Currently, the player that holds this record is Iran’s legend, Ali Daei. In his international career from 1993 to 2006, Ali Daei scored 109 goals in 149 appearances for his country. The third highest scoring player for his country is now retired player Mokhtar Dahari who scored 89 goals for Malaysia. Although Ronaldo needed 30 more games to equal this record, he will inevitably break this record in the future.

Is Ronaldo the highest-scoring player in the game?

Believe it or not, the Portugal superstar is ranked 7th when it comes to most international goals in football in general. The two players with the most international goals are Canada’s women’s player Christine Sinclair with 186 goals in 296 apps and US women’s player Abby Wambach with 184 goals in 255 apps. Interestingly, the other five players on the list before Ronaldo are also women.

Cristiano Ronaldo and records go hand in hand, and the 36-year-old continues to impress us and proves that age is just a number. The way he’s playing, he is sure to break more records in the future.

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