Ronaldo scored a double to become the all-time leading scorer of the European Championship.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading scorer at the European Championships after two goals in the final minutes that helped the Portuguese starters beat Hungary 3-0 in the first round of Group F on Tuesday.
Ronaldo now has 11 goals in the competition, and became unique with the record he had previously shared with Frenchman Michel Platini in nine.
Portugal broke the deadlock in a match they dominated with a Ronaldo penalty. A second effort was added to the final result, which was tough for Hungary, who worked hard in front of a Puskas Arena in Budapest, the only stadium that was filled to the brim due to the pandemic of coronavirus.
Ronaldo then wrote his name in the records with a goal from the point after Willi Orban missed Rafa Silva in the area.
⚽️ EURO’s all-time leading scorer (11 goals)
🇵🇹 Portugal’s all-time leading scorer (106 goals)
👕 First player to appear in the final 5 EURO tournaments
👏 First player to score in 5 consecutive EURO final tournaments # EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/rjJ7C5iXo1
– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) June 15, 2021
The Portuguese superstar then marked his 106th position with Portugal and narrowed the gap with the Iranian record Ali Daei (109) of the all-time international men’s top scorer of all time.
“It was important to win, it was a tough game,” Ronaldo said. “I am grateful to the team for helping me score two goals and be the man of the match. We have to keep going. “
Portugal now leads Group F or the so-called “death group” in goal difference after France, world champions, beat Germany 1-0.
Didier Deschamps’ men gave a slow-looking Germany their first defeat in the first play at the Euro, courtesy of an own goal by Mats Hummels in the 20th minute.
Statistics showed France had just over 40 per cent possession and only four goal attempts, but Deschamps said they were more clinical than Joachim Low’s.
“I wouldn’t say we dominated them because we were playing against a good team in Germany that caused us problems,” Deschamps said.
“They had a lot of ball possession, more than us. We were defending very well. It was a game played at a very high level, two titans facing each other.
France had two goals ruled out of play in the second half.
Kylian Mbappe sent a curling shot inside the middle of the post and then set up Karim Benzema for another end of the match.
Benzema played in his first competitive match with France since losing the World Cup quarter-finals against Germany in 2014.
Mbappe also made a penalty appeal between offside goals: Hummels had perfectly timed his attack when the 22-year-old Frenchman had finished the goal.