Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks EURO Goal Record in Portugal’s Win over Hungary

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva of Portugal. Photo by Kieran McManus/BPI/Shutterstock (10281533bd)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make his case for being the best soccer player in the history of the game. The latest addition to his impressive resume was a two-goal outing against Hungary at EURO 2020, which saw Ronaldo break several European Championship records.

The first record came immediately after Ronaldo took the field, as this was his fifth time to play at the EUROs. The previous record was four tournaments, shared between 17 players.

Ronaldo then scored from a penalty kick in the 87th minute to give Portugal a 2-0 lead, which increased his goal tally at the EUROs to 10. This meant he surpassed France legend Michel Platini and became the player with the most goals in European Championship history.

Ronaldo added another goal several minutes later, further solidifying his place at the top.

The performance against Hungary saw Ronaldo make several other entries in the history books. He extended some of the records he already owned including most games played in any European Championships (22). The Juventus star also inched closer to becoming the best international goalscorer in the history of soccer.

Ronaldo now has 106 goals in 176 games for Portugal and finds himself just three goals behind record-holder Ali Daei of Iran.

“Players who have longevity in football are those who can adapt,” said Ronaldo about his ability to remain efficient in front of the goal for so long. “The numbers speak for themselves: I have adapted from 18 to 36. I always work to achieve things on a personal and collective level.”

Ronaldo will have a chance to continue his tear at EUROs on Saturday, when Portugal faces Germany in their second game of the EURO 2020 Group Stage.