Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal captain breaks records as he scores double against Hungary in Euro 2020 championships - full list of records he broke during game
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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has broken more records tonight (15 June) after he scored two goals in his team’s match against Hungary.
Going into the Euros, he was already neck and neck with Michel Platini for the most European Championship goals scored, with nine. He has now superseded that record, to bring his total goals scored to 11.
Earning his title as captain of the squad, he is now also the all-time top goal scorer for the Portuguese national team, with 106 goals across his professional career.
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As of Euro 2020, he is the first player to feature in five European Championships and following his double tonight, he is the first to score in five consecutive Euro tournaments.
Today was also Ronaldo's 39th appearance at a major tournament for Portugal, an all-time record for a European player, overtaking Bastian Schweinsteiger's 38 appearances for Germany.
‘We are going to fight to try and lift this trophy again’
Ronaldo now boasts the record for most minutes played in the European Championships with 1,885 minutes in total.
Gianluigi Buffon comes in second with 1,620 minutes and Edwin Van de Sar claims third spot with 1,535 minutes.
He has also overtook his previous three-way tie with Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta for most victories at the Euros, the three had been part of squads who have won 11 games in total. He now boasts a dozen wins.
In a night of records for the Juventus midfielder, he is also the oldest player to score two goals at a European Championship game - the title was previously held by Andriy Shevchenko, who was 35y 256d when he scored a brace against Sweden for Ukraine in 2012.
Ronaldo was born on 5 February 1985, making him 36 years and 130 days old.
Speaking ahead of the long awaited tournament, he said: “I come into this European Championship as if it were the first, more motivated than in 2004.
"We are the champions and holders and we are going to fight to try and lift this trophy again.
"The records I could break aren't something that obsesses me, as the best record would be to lift the trophy twice in a row."
Ronaldo is considered second best in the world, as Barcelona’s Messi beats him on league wins.
However, Ronaldo is just three goals away from being the leading goal scorer for any national team ever - his goals against Hungary takes him up to a total of 106, Ali Daei of Iran still beats him with 109.
Portugal 2-0 Hungary
Tonight’s Portugal goals were an ultimate rebound from what was a strong performance from Hungary.
Szabolcs Schön's 80th-minute goal for Hungary was ruled offside, with Raphaël Guerreiro scoring the first goal for Portugal in the 84th minute.
Ronaldo went on to score two goals in the final minutes of the game - Portugal broke the record for the only team to ever score three goals in the last ten minutes of a Euros game.
Portugal are the defending champions of the Euro trophy, having won in 2016. If tonight’s performance is anything to go by, they pose as large a threat this time round.