Comparing Cristiano Ronaldo with the other European Championship sharp-shooters

Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer at the Euros with two goals against Hungary

Tom White
Tuesday 15 June 2021 20:44
<p>Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his record-breaking goal against Hungary</p>

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his record-breaking goal against Hungary

Cristiano Ronaldo became the record scorer in European Championship history as his two late goals against Hungary took him to 11 overall.

The Portugal star had gone into this summer’s tournament level with Michel Platini who scored all of his nine goals at the 1984 finals to hold the record for a single edition of the tournament.

Here, the PA news agency looks at how Ronaldo compares to the other leading scorers in tournament history.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Tournaments: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020Appearances: 22Goals: 11

This summer’s delayed championship comes 17 years after Ronaldo’s Euro debut, when he scored in an opening defeat to Greece – a preview of that year’s final upset, which came after Ronaldo’s semi-final strike against Holland The Czech Republic were his only victims at Euro 2008 and were again on the receiving end four years later, when Ronaldo also bagged a double against the Dutch. This is his second successive European Championship with a brace against Hungary, while he also netted against Wales in the 2016 semi-final.

Michel Platini, France

Tournaments: 1984Appearances: 5Goals: 9

In contrast to Ronaldo’s longevity, Platini’s goals came in one dominant performance for Michel Hidalgo’s 1984 champions. A goal in the opening win over Denmark was followed by back-to-back hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. He grabbed a winner in the last minute of extra time against Portugal in the semi-finals and scored against Spain in the final to complete an extraordinary tournament for him and his team.

Alan Shearer, England

Alan Shearer scores against Holland at Euro 96

Tournaments: 1992, 1996, 2000Appearances: 9Goals: 7

England’s talisman won the Golden Boot on home soil with five goals at Euro 96, scoring against Switzerland and Scotland before rounding off the group stage with a brace against Holland and scoring early in the heart-breaking semi-final loss to Germany. Goals against Germany and Romania at Euro 2000 added to his tally.

Best of the rest

Antoine Griezmann, centre, celebrates scoring against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016

Seven players are tied on six goals, with France’s Antoine Griezmann the only one in that group to achieve the feat at a single tournament and also the one with the chance to add to his tally this year. Dutch duo Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert scored at two tournaments apiece – Kluivert in 1996 and 2000 before handing over the baton to Van Nistelrooy for 2004 and 2008.

The remaining six-shooters – England’s record scorer Wayne Rooney, France star Thierry Henry, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and former Portugal frontman Nuno Gomes – each scored at three tournaments, with Ibrahimovic playing at a fourth in 2016 and coming out of international retirement for this summer only to miss out with injury.