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Cristiano Ronaldo adds to EURO all-time scoring record

The Portugal forward has moved five goals clear of Michel Platini as EURO top scorer, the latest record in his already sizeable collection. And he has more in his sights.

Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against France at UEFA EURO 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against France at UEFA EURO 2020 Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo is now five goals clear as all-time EURO top scorer after taking his finals goals tally to 14 with two against France on Matchday 3 of UEFA EURO 2020.

Ronaldo has enjoyed a phenomenal start to his fifth EURO finals (a record, of course), scoring twice against Hungary on Matchday 1 to overtake Michel Platini's long-standing record and also finding the net in the Matchday 2 game against Germany before his double against France. He has his sights on a few more milestones, too.

Here is a collection of the EURO records he has broken, the ones he can extend and the ones in his sights (even if he will have to wait a few more years).

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Records Ronaldo could break at EURO 2020

Most finals goals ✅

Ronaldo marked his EURO debut against Greece on 12 June 2004 with a goal – his first for Portugal! – and coming into these finals he had registered eight more across 21 finals appearances. His two ensuing goals against Hungary in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2020 opener took him two clear of France's Michel Platini, whose entire haul came at EURO '84. He went further clear with his strikes against against Germany on Matchday 2 and France on Matchday 3.

Ronaldo goals at five EUROs
Ronaldo goals at five EUROs

14 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
9 Michel Platini (France)
7 Alan Shearer (England)
7 Antoine Griezmann (France)
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
6 Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
6 Wayne Rooney (England)
6 Thierry Henry (France)
6 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
6 Nuno Gomes (Portugal)

Most finals campaigns ✅

Ronaldo moved top of a stellar list of 21 men who have appeared at four EURO tournaments, beginning with Lothar Matthäus and Peter Schmeichel back in 2000, when he started Portugal's opening win against Hungary on 15 June. He is also the last man standing of the 11 who notched up number four in 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo: My Portugal story
Cristiano Ronaldo: My Portugal story

Most EURO final tournaments 

5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4 Lothar Matthäus, West Germany/Germany (1980, 1984, 1988, 2000)
4 Peter Schmeichel, Denmark (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
4 Alessandro Del Piero, Italy (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4 Edwin van der Sar, Netherlands (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4 Lilian Thuram, France (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4 Olof Mellberg, Sweden (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
4 Gianluigi Buffon, Italy (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Petr Čech, Czech Republic (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Sweden (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Andreas Isaksson, Sweden (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Kim Källström, Sweden (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Jaroslav Plašil, Czech Republic (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Lukas Podolski, Germany (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Tomáš Rosický, Czech Republic (2000, 2004, 2012, 2016)
4 Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Darijo Srna, Croatia (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4 Giorgio Chiellini (Italy 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4 Sebastian Larsson (Sweden 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4 Luka Modrić (Croatia 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4 João Moutinho (Portugal 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4 Pepe (Portugal 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)

Most appearances (including qualifying)

Ronaldo has now surpassed Gianluigi Buffon's previous all-time high of 58 outings in EURO competition, qualifying and finals – the 36-year-old could end the tournament on 63 matches. These 59 games to date have resulted in 37 wins, 13 draws and nine defeats.

59 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
58
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
51 Mario Frick (Liechtenstein)

Most goals in a single finals game

Only seven men have scored EURO hat-tricks and, perhaps surprisingly, Ronaldo is not in their number. The Juventus forward has a decent collection of international match balls, though, bagging nine hat-tricks for Portugal including, on two occasions, four in a game.

Oldest scorer in a final

Just one player aged over 30 has scored in a EURO final: Bernd Hölzenbein was 30 years and 103 days old when he headed West Germany's late equaliser against Czechoslovakia in 1976 to prompt extra time and, ultimately, Antonín Panenka's place in penalty posterity. Ronaldo will be aged 36 years and 156 days on 11 July, the date of the EURO 2020 decider.

Multiple EURO-winning captains

If Portugal triumph at Wembley and Ronaldo keeps the armband then he will join Spain's Iker Casillas (2008 and 2012) as the only man to have captained sides to two EURO successes.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the trophy after Portugal’s 2016 triumph
Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the trophy after Portugal’s 2016 triumphGetty Images

EURO records Ronaldo holds

Most finals appearances: 24

Ronaldo is in a league of his own having missed a solitary match in his nation's last five campaigns, EURO 2020 included – he sat out the final group game against Switzerland in 2008, with Portugal already through. His nearest rival is former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made 18 appearances.

Most goals including qualifying: 45

If Ronaldo occupies a league of his own for the previous category then he's on another planet for this one. His haul of 45 goals in EURO qualifying and finals is almost as many as the next two players combined: Zlatan Ibrahimović (25) and Robbie Keane (23).

Most EURO final tournaments scored in: 5

Ronaldo managed two goals at EURO 2004, one in 2008, three in 2012 and three more in 2016 and is already on five in 2020. He remains the only player to score three or more in multiple EUROs, making it five with his double against Hungary.

Scorers in 3+ EUROs
EUROs scored inPlayerTeamYears
5Cristiano RonaldoPortugal2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
3Jürgen KlinsmannWest Germany/Germany1988, 1992, 1996
3Vladimír Šmicer Czech Republic1996, 2000, 2004
3Nuno GomesPortugal2000, 2004, 2008
3Thierry HenryFrance2000, 2004, 2008
3Robert LewandowskiPoland2012, 2016, 2020
3Hélder PostigaPortugal2004, 2008, 2012
3Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden2004, 2008, 2012
3Wayne RooneyEngland2004, 2012, 2016

UEFA EURO 2024, anybody?

Ronaldo will be 39 when EURO 2024 comes around. Would you bet against him being in Germany for it? If he is, these records will be up for grabs:

Oldest EURO scorer

38 years 257 days Ivica Vastic (Austria, 2008)

Oldest outfield player to feature at EURO

39 years 91 days Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 2000)

Oldest player to feature in EURO final

38 years 232 days Jens Lehmann (Germany, 2008)

Oldest player to win EURO

37 years 23 days Arnold Mühren (Netherlands, 1988)

Ronaldo's EURO finals match log

DateOppositionScoreWLDGoalsStage
12/06/2004Greece1–2L1Group
16/06/2004Russia2–0WGroup
20/06/2004Spain1–0WGroup
24/06/2004England2–2 (W on pens)WQuarter-finals
30/06/2004Netherlands2–1W1Semi-finals
04/07/2004Greece0–1LFinal
07/06/2008Turkey2–0WGroup
11/06/2008Czech Republic3–1W1Group
19/06/2008Germany2–3LQuarter-finals
09/06/2012Germany0–1LGroup
13/06/2012Denmark3–2WGroup
17/06/2012Netherlands2–1W2Group
21/06/2012Czech Republic1–0W1Quarter-finals
27/06/2012Spain0–0 (L on pens)LSemi-finals
14/06/2016Iceland1–1DGroup
18/06/2016Austria0–0DGroup
22/06/2016Hungary3–3D2Group
25/06/2016Croatia1–0WRound of 16
30/06/2016Poland1–1 (W on pens)WQuarter-finals
06/07/2016Wales2–0W1Semi-finals
10/07/2016France1–0WFinal
15/06/2021Hungary3-0W2Group
19/06/2021Germany2-4L1Group
23/06/2021France2-2D2Group

* Ties decided in extra time or on penalties are classed as either wins or defeats.