Start the journey to conquer EURO 2020 with a familiar opponent from Hungary. Cristiano Ronaldo made a big contribution to Selecao’s victory with a brace. However, this is not an easy day for them because it is only in the last minutes that CR7 and his teammates can enjoy the fun.
Since the list of Portugal’s main players was announced by coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo has set two records at the same time. CR7 became the European player to make the most appearances for a national team in major tournaments (Euro/World Cup) with 39 matches, surpassing Bastian Schweinsteiger’s old milestone. Indeed it was an unforgettable Budapest night with CR7.
And yet, the 36-year-old superstar also became the first player in history to play in five consecutive Euros. Before the final round of EURO 2020, Ronaldo competed in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Before that, the Portuguese captain was one of 17 players who attended four different EUROs.
In addition to the record for the number of appearances, CR7 also made a miracle with the position of the number 1 goalscorer in EURO history. Goals in the 87th and 90+2 minutes helped the Portuguese captain have 11 goals, breaking the record of French monument Michel Platini (9 goals). Ronaldo also became the oldest player to score a brace in a EURO final.
Currently, the Portuguese superstar has scored 106th at the national team level. He is only 3 goals behind the all-time record of the Iranian legend, Ali Daei. With a long journey ahead, the opportunity for CR7 to increase its achievements and set a deep record is wide open.