It’s impossible to talk about soccer without mentioning Cristiano Ronaldo.
The star player’s career is filled with record-breaking performance and outstanding praise from critics and fans.
Approaching his fifth EURO finals this 2021 (a record, of course), he has his sights on a few more milestones.
Here is a collection of the EURO records he can break, the ones he can extend and those he will have to wait a few more years for.
Ronaldo marked his EURO debut against Greece on 12 June 2004 with a goal – his first for Portugal! – and has since registered eight more across 21 finals appearances. A tally of nine means he heads into UEFA EURO 2020 level with France's Michel Platini, whose goals all came at EURO '84.
9 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
9 Michel Platini (France)
7 Alan Shearer (England)
Most appearances (including qualifying)
Ronaldo only needs three more appearances to surpass Gianluigi Buffon's all-time high of 58 appearances in EURO competition, qualifying and finals to end the tournament in 63 matches. His 56 to date have resulted in 36 wins, 12 draws and eight defeats.
Ronaldo also scored the most goals in a single finals game
Only seven men have scored EURO hat-tricks and, perhaps surprisingly, Ronaldo is not in their number. The Juventus forward has a decent collection of international match balls, though, bagging nine hat-tricks for Portugal including, on two occasions, four in a game.
Oldest scorer in a final
Just one player aged over 30 has scored in a EURO final: Bernd Hölzenbein was 30 years and 103 days old when he headed West Germany's late equaliser against Czechoslovakia in 1976 to prompt extra time and, ultimately, Antonín Panenka's place in penalty posterity. Ronaldo will be aged 36 years and 156 days on 11 July, date of the EURO 2020 decider.
If Portugal wins at Wembley and Ronaldo keeps the armband then he will join Spain's Iker Casillas (2008 and 2012) as the only man to have captained sides to two EURO successes.
EURO also records Ronaldo holds Most finals appearances: 21
Ronaldo is in a league of his own having missed a solitary match in his nation's last four campaigns – he sat out the final group game against Switzerland in 2008, with Portugal already through. His nearest rival is former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made 18 appearances.
Ronaldo’s most goals including qualifying? It's a groundbreaking 40 goals!
If Ronaldo occupies a league of his own for the previous category then he's on another planet for this one. His haul of 40 goals in EURO qualifying and finals is almost as many as the next two players combined: Zlatan Ibrahimović (25) and Robbie Keane (23).
Ronaldo scored two goals at EURO 2004, then one in 2008, three in 2012 and three more in 2016 to move ahead of seven players who had scored at three EUROs. He currently holds the record as the only player to score three or more in multiple EUROs.
Despite his age, Ronaldo is still in the best shape he can be.
Ronaldo will be 39 when EURO 2024 comes around. Would you bet against him being in Germany for it? If he is, these records will be up for grabs:
Oldest EURO scorer
38 years 257 days Ivica Vastic (Austria, 2008)
Oldest outfield player to feature at EURO
39 years 91 days Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 2000)
Oldest player to feature in EURO final
38 years 232 days Jens Lehmann (Germany, 2008)
Oldest player to win EURO
37 years 23 days Arnold Mühren (Netherlands, 1988)