Cristiano Ronaldo created plenty of records in Portugal's opening game of Euro 2020 against Hungary as they began their title defense in a very strong fashion.
Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute superstar in world football. His list of accomplishments in the soccer world is an envy to many people. Ronaldo’s records are simply one of the best in the business and many individuals might not be able to break them. The Portuguese superstar was at his absolute best in the game between his side and Hungary at Budapest in the opening game of the ‘Group of Death’.
In front of a packed Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary and Portugal fought hard until the 84th minute. Till that time, it seemed as if Hungary would hold out for a hard-fought draw. But, Portugal bought out their killer instincts towards the fag end of the match. Raphael Guerrero opened the scoring for Portugal in the 84th minute. Hungary also scored but the goal was ruled out as it was offside. Ronaldo then effectively sealed the contest with two goals as Portugal secured all three points.
After the end of the match, Ronaldo accumulated some interesting numbers. Here is a look back at some of the numbers.
5 – The number of Euros that Cristiano Ronaldo has been part of. He is the only player in history to have featured in five Euro tournaments. Ronaldo first featured in the 2004 edition of the Euros. Since then, he has been part of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions.
106 – The number of international goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in his footballing career. He is one of the two players to have scored over 100 international goals in his playing career. If he scores four more goals, he will go past the world record of 109 set by Iran’s Ali Daei. The Iraninan’s record has stood since 2004.
1 – The only player in the history of the Euro to score in all five competitions that he has featured in. This is one record of Cristiano Ronaldo that will take some beating.
11 – With Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals against Hungary, he now has the most goals in the history of the Euro competition. Prior to this match, he was level with France’s Michel Platini but he has now overtaken him.
57 – Number of appearances for Portugal by Cristiano Ronaldo which even incudes the qualifying matches of the Euro tournament. When it comes to most appearances in the Euro, he is way ahead with 22 games. But, if he plays two more games, he will go past the mark of 58 set by Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon.
42 – The most number of goals by an individual in the Euro championships that include qualifying. After his two goals against Hungary, Ronaldo stands on top of the mountain. However, he needs to score eight more goals to become the first man to achieve the record of 50 goals in Euro.
Portugal are in Group F of Euro 2020 which is dubbed the ‘Group of Death’. While Portugal are the reigning champions of the Euro tournament, the group also includes France and Germany. The French are the reigning FIFA World Cup champions as they won the tournament in 2018. Germany, on the other hand, had won the 2014 edition of the World Cup in Brazil.
France and Germany will clash against each other later on Wednesday. Portugal, on the other hand, face a stiff task in combating France and Germany in their laster group games. Portugal had defeated France 1-0 in the 2016 Euro championships. In that game, Ronaldo became one of the select few players to have won both the UEFA Champions League and the Euro in the same summer.
In the match, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid ended 1-1 and the game went into penalties. Real Madrid were boosted by a penalty from Ronaldo as they won the title in grand style.
With the game against Hungary done in grand style, Cristiano Ronaldo will be eyeing for more records against the likes of France and Germany. These two teams are the favorites to win the Euro tournament. France did the double in 1998 and 2000 and they will be eager to repeat the feat. Germany, on the other hand, will be eyeing their first Euro trophy since 1996.