Published:29 June 2021
At Euro 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo has been a guy with a mission. The 36-year-old has guided Portugal's push at the tournament nearly single-handedly.
He leads the Euro 2020 scoring rankings with five goals. Ronaldo has been faultless with his three penalty efforts in a competition where penalties have been missed at an alarming rate (6/14).
By scoring his second goal against France and forcing a draw, Ronaldo saved Portugal from an ugly group-stage exit.
The reigning champions will now face Belgium, the world's top-ranked team, in a thrilling Round-of-16 match.
During his Euro 2020 campaign, the Juventus and Portugal player has surpassed a few milestones.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first Portuguese player to score in all three games at a European Championship when he scored from the penalty spot against France on Wednesday.
After a Karim Benzema brace put Les Bleus ahead, Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to keep his team in contention for Euro 2020.
Earlier in the competition, Ronaldo scored a brace in Portugal's tournament opener against Hungary before scoring in their loss to Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in the history of the European Championships to appear in five separate editions.
Ronaldo became the first player to score in five different Euros editions when he scored the first of his two goals in Portugal's Euro 2020 opener against Hungary. Nobody else has ever scored in more than three games.
Since scoring against Greece in his Euro 2004 debut, Ronaldo has scored 13 additional times in 23 games throughout five editions of the championship - two in 2004, one in 2008, three in 2012, three in 2016, and five in Euro 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo was equal with Michel Platini (9) for the most goals in European Championship history heading into Euro 2020.
Ronaldo, 36, became the competition's all-time leading scorer after scoring in Portugal's first Euro 2020 match against Hungary.
Ronaldo is currently five points ahead of the Frenchman after three games at Euro 2020, with more to come when Portugal takes on Belgium in the Round of 16.
Ronaldo is also the top scorer in European Championship qualifiers, which is maybe unsurprising.
When Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first of two goals against France, he tied Miroslav Klose for the most goals (19) by a European player in the European Championships and FIFA World Cup combined.
Ronaldo broke the record by scoring his second against the reigning world champions.
The Portugal skipper has 14 Euros goals and six World Cup goals to his credit. In the Euros, Klose scored three goals and has 16 goals in the World Cup.
Ronaldo has at least one more game at Euro 2020 and potentially the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year, so his record could grow even further.
Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Iranian icon Ali Daei's (109) record of most goals by a player in international football with a brace against France on matchday 3 of Euro 2020.
Ronaldo is the only European player to score a century of international goals, which he accomplished last year.