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Ronaldo Breaks Euro All-Time Record

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the record goalscorer in UEFA European Championship history after netting against Hungary tonight.

The 36-year-old kicked off his fifth UEFA European Championship with a bang, scoring the second goal for Portugal against Hungary from the penalty spot.

His strike against Hungary was already his 10th in Euro history, breaking the previous record held by Michel Platini. The French legend had scored all of his nine goals during the 1984 Euro, while Ronaldo netted his strikes over five editions.

Ronaldo also netted Portugal’s third goal in injury-time, taking his Euro finals tally to 11 strikes.

Tuesday’s brace comes 17 years after he netted his first at a Euro’s final in the 2004 opening game against Greece.

Overall, he’s scored two goals at the 2004 tournament, just one in 2008, three in 2012 and another three in 2016 when Portugal lifted their first ever Euro trophy.

The two goals took his tally to 106 in international football, leaving him just three strikes short of Ali Daei’s world record of 109 for Iran.

Ronaldo also became the first player to play in five European Championship after 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

David Kappel
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