Cristiano Ronaldo Equals Michel Platini's Euro Scoring Record
Posted On 10/07/2016
Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved yet another record after his goal for Portugal in Wednesday’s 2-0 UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final win against Wales drew him level with Michel Platini’s long-standing final-tournament career total of nine.
While Platini managed his nine goals in the space of five games at the 1984 finals in France, Ronaldo has reached that tally while establishing another new mark along the way. In the 3-3 Group F draw with Hungary he set a record of 17 finals appearances in the competition and, with his first strike that day, also became the only player to score in four different UEFA EURO tournaments, following goals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. If that was his seventh finals goal, the 31-year-old’s second against Hungary took him to the brink of catching Platini. After setting up the winner in the round of 16 against Croatia and also netting in the quarter-final shoot-out versus Poland, the forward’s latest feat was then confirmed in Lyon with his third strike of this tournament – on what was his 20th UEFA EURO outing – putting him on a par with the great French No10.