Cristiano Ronaldo's strike against Wales has drawn him level with Michel Platini on nine UEFA EURO final tournament goals – another record to add to the Portugal forward's collection.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved yet another record after his goal for Portugal in Wednesday's 2-0 UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final win against Wales drew him level with Michel Platini's long-standing final-tournament career total of nine.
While Platini managed his nine goals in the space of five games at the 1984 finals in France, Ronaldo has reached that tally while establishing another new mark along the way. In the 3-3 Group F draw with Hungary he set a record of 17 finals appearances in the competition and, with his first strike that day, also became the only player to score in four different UEFA EURO tournaments, following goals in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
If that was his seventh finals goal, the 31-year-old's second against Hungary took him to the brink of catching Platini. After setting up the winner in the round of 16 against Croatia and also netting in the quarter-final shoot-out versus Poland, the forward's latest feat was then confirmed in Lyon with his third strike of this tournament – on what was his 20th UEFA EURO outing – putting him on a par with the great French No10.
Major records held by Cristiano Ronaldo:
- Most EURO finals appearances: 20
- Most EURO finals goals: 9 (level with Michel Platini)
- Most EURO final tournaments scored in: 4
- Most EURO goals including qualifying: 29
- First player to score three of more in multiple EUROs.
- Most Portugal caps: 132
- Most Portugal goals: 61
- Most UEFA club competition goals: 96
- Most UEFA Champions League goals: 93
- Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)
- Most Real Madrid goals: 364
- Most ESM Golden Shoe awards: 4 (2007/08, 2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15)
- Most appearances in UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 10 (2004, 2007–2015)
Top scorers in all UEFA competitions (men's/women's/club/national team/youth/futsal/amateur)
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 131
2 Raúl González 106
3= Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 90
3= Andriy Shevchenko 90
5= Filippo Inzahgi 86
5= Lionel Messi 86 (next non-European is Didier Drogba on 50)
7 Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir 84
8 Zlatan Ibrahimović 82
9 Thierry Henry 81
10= Gerd Müller 77
10= Ruud van Nistelrooy 77