KEY POINTS

  • Ronaldo netted two goals in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary
  • He has now netted 11 goals in the Euros tournament
  • He is just 4 goals away from becoming the leading goal scorer in international soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a brace in Portugal’s 3-0 win in Euros 2020 on Tuesday (June 15), became the all-time leading goal scorer in the competition.

While Hungary looked to grab an unexpected draw against the defending champions, Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro opened the scoring at the 84th minute. Three minutes later, Portugal were handed a penalty, which was converted by Ronaldo. It was Ronaldo’s 10th goal in Euros as he overtook France's Michel Platini on nine goals.

All of Platini’s nine goals came in one season – 1984, where he captained France to their maiden Euros title. He still holds the record of scoring the most number of goals in a single Euros campaign.

In the extra time, Ronaldo put the ball around the Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi as he scored Portugal’s third goal of the game and took his tally to 11 goals in the history of the European Championships.

With seven goals, England’s Alan Shearer is third in the list of most goals scored in Euros, ahead of current France forward Antoine Griezmann, who has netted six goals in seven matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo now has a record 11 European Championship goals after his brace in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary Cristiano Ronaldo now has a record 11 European Championship goals after his brace in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary Photo: POOL / BERNADETT SZABO

At 36 years and 130 days, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score two-plus goals in a European Championship match, breaking the record of Andriy Shevchenko, who was 35 years and 256 days when he scored a brace against Sweden for Ukraine in the 2012 edition, according to Opta Joe.

Ronaldo, who made his first international appearance for Portugal in 2001, also became the first player to feature at five finals tournaments when Portugal took the field at Budapest’s Puskás Aréna Stadium on Tuesday, according to the Goal. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has featured in every season of Euros since Portugal hosted the European tournament in 2004 and 17 years later, the skipper remains their best.

Overall, Ronaldo now has scored 106 goals in 176 games for Portugal - only three goals away from matching the all-time FIFA international record, which is currently held by Iran's Ali Daei.