Cristiano Ronaldo has another record.
Ronaldo, 36, scored twice in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary in its opening game of the Euro 2020 tournament to become the highest-scoring player in the history of the Euro tournament.
Ronaldo’s first goal came via a penalty in the 85th minute. The goal gave Portugal a 2-0 lead and cemented his status as the most proficient man in tournament history, breaking a tie with France’s Michel Platini.
He added a second goal a few minutes later in a beautiful combination inside the Hungary penalty area and another record all to himself.
As Ronaldo broke a tie with Platini on the penalty, it tied him with Germany’s Inka Gring and Birgit Prinz at 10 for the most goals at the Euros all-time for either a man or a woman. The second goal meant Ronaldo became the top scorer in European Championships history among all players with 11 career goals.
Ronaldo also broke another Euro record by simply starting the game. He became the first man to appear in five Euros when he started the game as Portugal’s captain. He’s also now the only man to score a goal in five Euro tournaments.
The all-time record for Euro tournaments is six and held by Carolina Morace. The women’s tournament is held every two seasons while the men’s Euro tournament is held every four. The 2020 tournament was delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ronaldo has 107 goals in 176 appearances for Portugal as the country looks to defend its 2016 Euro title. Portugal is in Group F along with defending World Cup winner France and perennial powerhouse Germany. All three nations could advance to the knockout stages out of Group F as four third-place teams among the six groups will advance to the 16-team knockout round.
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