The 16th edition of the European Football Championship begins on June 11th and with it the defense of Portugal’s title, winner in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo, captain and major figure of the Quinas Selection, will play a key role in the performance of Portugal, but will also be fighting to enter his name in several chapters of the competition’s record book.
Breaking records is something that has been natural for Cristiano Ronaldo throughout his career, but even now at 36 years old, this is an aspect that is not about to change for the Portuguese star, who can break five important records and consolidate two others that already belong to you in this Euro 2020.
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Let’s start with the Juventus player’s specialty: scoring goals. Throughout his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a total of nine goals in the final stages of the European Championships, which makes the striker share the lead in the list of players with the most goals in the competition with the Frenchman. Michel platini – who scored all nine goals in the Euro 1984, being the record holder for goals in an edition of the European Championship.
This means that CR7 only needs to score one goal to break through the list of top scorers in European finals. Besides Ronaldo, the player closest to breaking this record is the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, which takes six goals in the final stages of the competition.
This record is joined by the mythical that still belongs to the Iranian Ali Daei, from more goals to the service of national teams. At the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo has 104 goals for Portugal, which means he needs five to catch the Iranian and six to overtake him.
In addition to these two records, the 36-year-old player currently holds two historic records at European level, which could make them even more unprecedented in this edition. Cristiano Ronaldo is part of a restricted group (17) of players to participate in four different Europeans. This means that you only need to play one minute to be the only one to participate in five (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020). Iker Casillas is the only other name to have been present in five different editions of the Euro, but the former Spanish keeper has not played in two (2000 and 2016).
Ronaldo is also the only player to ever score in four different editions of the European Championship, so it only takes one goal to become the only player ever to score in five different Euros (besides Platini’s record).
However, anyone who thinks that Cristiano Ronaldo only has records in terms of goals is wrong. It is also that in terms of assists CR7 is about to make history. At this time, the Czech Karel Poborsky he is the record holder for passing on goal at the finals of the Europeans, with six, with Ronaldo just one away from catching him and two away from overtaking him.
In terms of victories in European finals, the striker is also close to making history. Right now, Ronaldo shares this record with Andres Iniesta e Cesc Fabregas, former Spanish internationals, each with 11 final stage victories in the main European national team competition, with just one to isolate themselves in the lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also the record holder in terms of games in European finals, with a total of 21 matches played, so each match he plays will solidify his record even further. Schweinsteiger (18) e Buffon (17) close the podium for this record, but Pepe and João Moutinho (15) are the other two names in the competition closest to reaching this top-3.
Another curiosity is that Portugal also holds the record for the latest expulsion in the history of Europeans. The same happened at Euro 2000, when Nuno Gomes saw the direct red card, by protests, against France already in extra time, in the 117th minute. Portugal would lose this semi-final by 1×2, missing access to the grand final, played between Italy and France (2×1).