Cristiano Ronaldo still has more records to break in Euro 2020

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Cristiano Ronaldo made history when he played in Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The match made him the first player in the history of the European Championship to play in five editions of the competition.

Aside from that, the 36-year-old Juventus talisman who started the Euro 20202 opener with a total of 9 European Championship goals, scored two goals in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary which took his goals tally to 11, an all-time goalscoring record in the competition.

In the same game, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at least a goal in 5 consecutive European Championship. Recall that he made his debut in the tournament in 2004 when he was 18-year-old.

More so, the win over Hungary, means that Ronaldo is the first player in the competition to record a total number of 12 wins. Before the Euro 2020 opener, he was tied on 11 wins with Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the match in the Euro 2020 Group F opener between Portugal and Hungary on Tuesday, June 15.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the match in the Euro 2020 Group F opener between Portugal and Hungary on Tuesday, June 15.

Ronaldo’s goals against Hungary on Tuesday mean that he is the oldest player to score for Portugal in a major tournament. He achieved this feat at 36 years, 130 days.

Besides that, the two goals against Portugal’s Tuesday opponent mean that Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to score at least two goals in a European Championship.

Below are the records that Cristiano Ronaldo might break in Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo drives his way past Hungary goalkeeper, Peter Gulacsi to score his second goal on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo drives his way past Hungary goalkeeper, Peter Gulacsi to score his second goal on Tuesday.

Though Cristiano Ronaldo has broken a couple of records already in Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary on Tuesday, June 15, he still has a couple of records to break before the end of the tournament.

Portugal are in Group F which is considered as a group of death because he comprises some of the heavyweights in European football – Germany, France, and Hungary (the underdogs of the group). Yet, Ronaldo is expected to use these top teams to break some records and then break more if Portugal progress further into the competition.

One of the records that Ronaldo is most likely to break is the all-time highest goalscorer in international football. The record is currently held by Iran’s Ali Daei (109 goals). Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo has 106 international goals in 176 games which means that he is just three goals away to equal the record and four goals away to set a new one.

Another big record Ronaldo is on the verge of breaking is being the player with the most assists at the Euros. The player who holds the record is Karel Poborsky (6 assists). Ronaldo currently has 5 assists in the competition which means he is one assist away from equaling the record and two assists away from surpassing it.

More so, Ronaldo could end the European Championship as the most capped European international. Sergio Ramos of Spain currently holds this record (180 appearances), while Ronaldo is second with 176 appearances. Hence, if Portugal play beyond the round of 16 and Ronaldo features in all the games, he could break Ramos’ record and set a new one.