Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championships history before a ball was kicked between Hungary and Portugal this afternoon.
Ronaldo, who is still the man leading the line for Portugal, despite being well into his mid-thirties, has had as an impressive international career as he has with his clubs, which is something that couldn’t be said for Lionel Messi.
The Juventus striker is behind only Iranian legend Ali Daei in the all-time top scorers in the international game, having found the back of the net 104 times in 175 appearances for his country.
In addition to that, he has a winners medal from both Euro 2016 and the 2019 edition of the Nations League – and will be looking to add another to his collection at Euro 2020 this summer.
Regardless of how far Portugal get in the competition, Ronaldo will have made history this summer. Just by being named in the Portugal starting XI for today’s game, he broke yet another record.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first men’s player in history to play in five European Championships 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/i4HJVMq5Zy
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2021
It’s just getting boring now…
Patrik Schick has already signed and sealed the Euro 2020 goal of the tournament award – see his stunning strike here