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Sports : Cristiano Ronaldo holds more European Championship records than just goals

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In a competition with a relatively small history, Cristiano Ronaldo became it’s greatest competitor with ease.

The man he overtook to become the most prolific player at the Euros, Michel Platini, netted all nine of his goals from midfield in one tournament.

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Ronaldo is still playing at an incredible level aged 36

But Ronaldo is about longevity as well as mercurial talent, which is why he is able to continue smashed records well into his thirties.

His 14 goals have come across five Eurppean Championships, both of which are feats in one their own.

In competing for the fifth time, he sets a new record, with four the previous best, achieved by a group of 21 players.

Ronaldo also has the most appearances in Euros history, overtaking Gianluigi Buffon on Wednesday night, with 59 including qualifying matches.

Ronaldo has netted five goals at this summer’s Euros – three of them from the penalty spot

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Ronaldo has netted five goals at this summer’s Euros – three of them from the penalty spot

With five goals at Euro 2020 already, in just three games, Ronaldo is also racing to add another Golden Boot to his tally.

His 14 goals across the Euros actually pale in significance to the 109 Ronaldo has scored for Portugal to date.

In fact, one more goal at the tournament and the 36-year-old will become the greatest international goalscorer in history, having drawn level with Iran legend Ali Daei on Wednesday.

With Belgium coming up on Sunday night, who could bet against the Portuguese sensation breaking the mother of all international records?

Cristiano Ronaldo the history-maker

Here’s the Euros records Ronaldo holds…

Most appearances, including qualifying (59)

Most finals appearances (24)

Most goals, including qualifying (45)

Most finals goals (14)

Most victories at finals (12)

Most Euro final tournaments played in (5)

Most Euro final tournaments scored in (5)

Belgium vs Portugal is live on talkSPORT this Sunday, kick-off 8pm





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