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Ronaldo surpasses Platini as European Championships record goalscorer

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time leading goalscorer in European Championships history after netting twice in Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary.

Ronaldo went into the tournament level with France great Michael Platini but his penalty late on in Budapest put him out in front and he added to his tally in added time.

The Juventus star was making his 22nd Championship appearance.Platini needed just five games to reach his nine-goal haul, all of which came at Euro 84.

Ronaldo has other records in his sights at this tournament as well.

His double against Hungary has taken him to within one of Miroslav Klose’s record (19) for the most goals scored by a European player at the world cup and Euros.

Though arguably even greater than that is the fact Ronaldo is now just three behind Ali Daei’s world record of 109 International goals , the Iranian scoring those in a 13 year period from 1993. He is also the first player to play in and indeed score in five European Championship tournaments.

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