Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on Ali Daei’s world scoring record

The records just keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has only played one match in Euro 2020 and has already collected another two moments of history.

We had to wait a while for his second moment as he looked to become the tournament’s record goalscorer.

He blazed over from six yards out in the first half.

But he was not to be denied as he converted an 87th-minute penalty.

This saw him overtaking Michel Platini’s mark of nine European Championship goals.

But the 36-year-old Juventus superstar, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, was not done yet.

He went around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in injury time for his 11th goal at a Euros to seal Portugal’s 3-0 victory.

Chris Sutton on Ronaldo

“Ronaldo is such an inspirational player, he’s the player who lifts the team,” said former England striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He missed that great chance but you cannot keep that man down. Genius.”

“He keeps going, and you knew he would score the penalty.”

“He always has a say in games, he is capable of anything, a creator of huge moments, a record breaker.”

“To stay motivated at his age is so special. Ronaldo walks on water, doesn’t he?”

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Another record in his sight

Ronaldo may well get another record before this tournament is over. And this would be something special.

His double against Hungary, in front of more than 60,000 fans at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, took Ronaldo to 106 international goals.

Only Iran’s Ali Daei, with 109 goals, has more for his country.

So, Ronaldo needs three to match that and four to beat it. 

World champions France and former winners Germany are the other two teams in Group F Ronaldo will face.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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