Ronaldo sets yet another new record
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best player in footballing history.
Now 36-years-old, the Portuguese forward continues to send records tumbling, and finished top scorer in the Serie A in 2020-21, scoring 29 goals across the season.
And today he smashed through yet another record, becoming the top goalscorer in Euro championships history.
@CRISTIANO RONALDO BECOMES THE ALL-TIME TOP EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GOALSCORER
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 15, 2021
The penalty that he fired past Hungary’s Peter Gulasci was his 10th goal in the competition, and was enough to take him clear of Michel Platini, who netted nine times in his European Championship appearances.
HISTORY – Cristiano Ronaldo (36y 130d) has now become the oldest player to score 2+ goals in a European Championship match, overtaking Andriy Shevchenko’s record (35y 256d). #Euro2020 [via opta] pic.twitter.com/rgw5GUckQd
— InfoCristiano (@InfoCristiano) June 15, 2021
More records tumble
In typical Ronaldo fashion, however, he was not content just to break the record, netting a second goal just moments later to round off the victory.
This made him the oldest player to ever net a brace in a European Championship match, taking the mantle from the Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko, who scored in Euro 2012 at 35 years old.
It also made him the first player to net 11 goals at European Championships.
10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in European Championship Finals history to score 10 goals in the competition, overtaking Michel Platini’s record of nine, all of which he scored in the 1984 edition. History. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/j89tNODaTv
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2021
The strikes also took him to 106 international goals, just 3 behind Ali Daei, who sits on 109 international goals for Iran.
First player to play in 5 Euros.
First player to score in 5 Euros.
Only 3 goals behind Ali Daei’s record for all-time international goal scorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a machine pic.twitter.com/q0FIZsWPJI
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2021
It is hard not to envisage Ronaldo breaking that record at this tournament, especially since Portugal are now close to making it out of the group stages.
If that wasn’t enough, he also became the first player to appear in five European Championship tournaments.
Still showing no signs of slowing down, Cristiano Ronaldo could well continue for several more years, and carry on setting records.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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