Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace against Hungary in their opening game of Euro 2020 in Budapest on Tuesday (June 15) and in the process, the star striker moved beyond France’s Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at the European Championship finals, taking his tally to 11 at the Puskas Area in Budapest on Tuesday.
[?] All-time EURO top scorer (11 goals)
All-time top scorer for Portugal (106 goals)
First player to appear at 5 EURO final tournaments
First player to score at 5 consecutive EURO final tournaments #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/rjJ7C5iXo1
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 15, 2021
Ronaldo had missed a superb opportunity in the first half when he fired over from close range with the goal at his mercy.
But when offered the chance from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, he made no mistake. He rifled the ball into the corner of the net and set off for one of his trademark celebrations, which drew plenty of whistles from the capacity 67,000 mostly Hungarian fans in the stadium.
There was still time to add a second in injury time at the end of the game as he took a pass near the six-yard box and danced past a couple of home defenders as well as goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to score. The 36-year-old has now also extended his record as the only player to score in five separate Euros finals, and has also played the most games, with the match against Hungary being his 22nd since he made his debut in 2004.