To nobody’s surprise, Cristiano Ronaldo finds little difficulty finding the back of the net. Arguably the greatest player on the planet along with Lionel Messi, Ronaldo thrived in his Euro 2020 debut with Portugal on Tuesday.
Ronaldo scored twice late in the second half for Portugal in their first game of the tournament vs. Hungary, and with his brace came a huge accolade: he is now the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.
‘CR7’ leapfrogged French legend Michel Platini for the top spot with his 10th and 11th all-time goals at the Euro's. Portugal would beat Hungary by a final score of 3-0, a solid start for the defending champions.
The European Championship, aka the ‘Euros,’ is a tournament held every four years of the top international teams in Europe. It’s essentially a single-continent version of the World Cup.
Ronaldo and his Portugal squad won the 2016 contest after defeating the French national team (in Paris, no less) in extra time in the final. It was the winger’s first ever international trophy for his country.
Aside from being the Euro’s all-time top scorer, Ronaldo also holds the records for most appearances in the tournament (five) and most goals for Portugal in all competitions (106). Ronaldo’s 106 tallies for country trail only Iranian striker Ali Daei (109).
Portugal’s next match will be another group stage battle against Germany, this Saturday at noon EST.