When Portugal steps on the field to compete for Euro 2020 title on 15th June, they will once again be looking forward to their man for all seasons, their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo to give it his all and help his side make their mark in another tournament under his leadership. 36 year old Ronaldo led his team to glory in the previous edition of the tournament (Euro 2016) and also followed it up with a Nations League win in 2019.
With all his contribution for Portugal there is no doubt that he and his thundering performances on the big stages are indispensable for a side to stop it just impossible to speak about Portugal without mentioning Ronaldo’s magical contributions over the last decade aur even more.
In this course of time the man from Madeira, besides bringing infinite success to his nation has also managed to achieve several individual milestones with the sublime brace against Sweden in September last year he brought up 100 goals for Portugal becoming only the second guy on earth to score more than hundred international goals.
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He also became the first Portuguese to score in three different World Cups when he scored a fantastic hat trick vs Spain in the 2018 World Cup even after having such a cabinet full of trophies , individual awards in his words,”Records keep chasing me”. This man’s hunger to achieve even more just never comes to an end in spite of already achieving plenty of glory. He always has personal targets in view before stepping on the pitch.
So here’s a list of five more records which Cristiano Ronaldo can break in the ongoing Euro 2020:-
(1) Most Euro campaigns:-
Ronaldo has been the boss for Portugal at the international level for over 15 years. The scenes of a 19 year old Cristiano Ronaldo crying after Portugal’s heartbreaking loss in the 2004 Euro final is fresh in everyone’s mind. Since then Ronaldo has appeared in three more Euros in 2008 , 2012 and 2016. Whitch stepping on the pitch to represent Portugal in the euro 2020 1 he will become the first ever player in the history to play 5 European championships . This record will really be a tough one to break for almost any player in history.
(2) Highest number of appearances:-
Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt the most influential and the go to man for Portugal in all sorts of championships over the last 15 years. He has never left his team alone in in difficult situations and got his team out of a hole on a number of occasions full stop as a result of his such kind of dedication and contribution Ronaldo is on his way to break the record for most appearances in a European championship he can do so by playing in all the three group stage games here on.
The record at the moment belongs to Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon. The keeper has 58 caps to his name, two more than Ronaldo. Speaking as of now , Ronaldo’s achieving this feat seems inevitable as he appears in the Euro 2021.
(3) The oldest player to score in a final:-
After having regularly filled in the big stages of international football events, Portugal have finally been able to make some good things happen for themselves. They have proved their worth when it mattered and have won the Euro in 2016 and the inaugural Nations League in 2019, both under Ronaldo’s leadership.
If they can continue such a magical performance and upset all favorites to reach the finals in this edition of the EURO, they can provide their superstars Ronaldo with the chance to score in the final of the prestigious tournament thereby becoming the oldest player in the history to do so. Ronaldo would then surpass the record set by Bernd Hòlzenbein in 1976.
(4) Highest goal scorer at the EUROs:-
“Cristiano Ronaldo” the name itself brings in the idea of various thundering goal scoring techniques, like bullet headers, sniper shots from great distances ,weak foot magic etc and hence the name “Goal Machine”. His presence makes the goal scoring department of his side look stronger than ever. Ronaldo at present is leveled at the top of the list of highest goal scorers at the euros with French legend Michael Platini.
Both have scored 9 goals each in all the editions of tournaments they appeared in. With Ronaldo being in very good senses in terms of goal scoring, the record is inevitable to be broken by the Portuguese when he scores his first goal in this Euro.
(5) All time top goal scorer in International football:-
Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact is clear from the fact that he is the highest goal scorer in the history of Portuguese football. He however still trails only Ali Daei , surpassing whom he would become the highest goal scorer of all time in international football. The Iranian legend is at the top with 109 goals to his name. Ronaldo would need only 5 more goals to achieve this sensational feat which seems very much possible if he and his team managers progress to round of 16 and even further in this upcoming tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been an inspiration for all football lovers and even neutral fans for an incredibly long period of time. His very name raises the feeling of football in magic among his fans thereby causing 13 among the opposition’s. All his supporters will definitely cherish his presence on the field in the Portuguese colours thereby allowing him with the best of fishes so that he may finish the tournament at the top as he is expected to. We all hope that he manages to make another memorable impact in this tournament and have his name at bayside all these records in the history books.
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