We’ve needed to wait a number of days, however Cristiano Ronaldo lastly enters Euro 2020 as Portugal kick-off their title defence.
The 2016 champions face Hungary of their Group F conflict at 5pm – earlier than ending with the 2 hardest encounters towards France and Germany.
It might be the so-called ‘Group of Loss of life’, however Portugal have been remarkably constant in latest main tournaments with Ronaldo as their talisman.
On the remaining of Euro 2016, he took on the supervisor’s position from the sidelines after being pressured off simply 25 minutes into the sport. He was tapping his watch and urging his facet on as they claimed victory.
Ronaldo has been distinctive at main tournaments for his nation since making his debut again in 2004.
Since then, he has appeared at eight consecutive tournaments and has scored no less than as soon as in every of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s objectives at main tournaments
Targets scored by Cristiano Ronaldo at every main match he is appeared at. One aim except acknowledged.
Euro 2004 – Greece, Netherlands
World Cup 2006 – Iran
Euro 2008 – Czech Republic
World Cup 2010 – North Korea
Euro 2012 – Netherlands (2), Czech Republic
World Cup 2014 – Ghana
Euro 2016 – Hungary (2), Wales
World Cup 2018 – Spain (3), Morocco
When he scores, Portugal have a superb file and have solely did not win on three events – shedding as soon as and drawing twice.
Ronaldo has scored a complete of 16 objectives at main tournaments and can hope so as to add to that tally on the delayed European Championship.
If, and when, he does seem at Euro 2020, he’ll turn out to be the primary participant in 5 tournaments and already has made extra appearances than anybody in historical past (21).
He also can break the file for many European Championship objectives ever if he scores only one extra.
When requested what this could imply to him, Ronaldo replied: “I’m not overwhelmed by this file.
“It’s a good file however extra necessary than this could be to win back-to-back Euros. It’s necessary that we begin with a victory.
“The gang will likely be on their facet but it surely’s good to play in entrance of a crowd. I’m going to get pleasure from this and the workforce may be very prepared.”
He’s at the moment tied with Michel Platini on 9, with the previous France ahead getting all of his on the 1984 match.
The 36-year-old may also have one other file in his sights and that’s the most objectives in worldwide soccer historical past.
Ronaldo has 104 in 175 video games and is simply 5 behind file holder Ali Daei, with the Iranian getting 109 in 149 video games.
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