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Ronaldo now the all-time leading scorer at Euros

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and moved beyond Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at European Championships as Portugal beat Hungary on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) of Portugal scores to take a 3-0 lead against Hungary during the UEFA EURO 2020 group F preliminary round soccer match. Picture: EPA, Laszlo Balogh

BUDAPEST – Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice against Hungary to move beyond France’s Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at European Championship finals, taking his tally to 11 at the Puskas Area in Budapest on Tuesday.

Ronaldo and Platini had been locked on nine goals apiece before the tournament, but the Portuguese winger’s double late on against the Hungarians added to his growing tally of records.

Ronaldo had missed a superb opportunity in the first half when he fired over from close range with the goal at his mercy.

But when offered the chance from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, he made no mistake.

He rifled the ball into the corner of the net and set off for one of his trademark celebrations, which drew plenty of whistles from the capacity 67,000 mostly Hungarian fans in the stadium.

There was still time to add a second in injury time at the end of the game as he took a pass near the six-yard box and danced past a couple of home defenders as well as goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to score.

The 36-year-old has now also extended his record as the only player to score in five separate Euros finals, and has also played the most games, with the match against Hungary being his 22nd since he made his debut in 2004.

Reuters