Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace for Portugal against Hungary in the on-going Euro 2016 ensured that he is the first player to score in four European Championship finals
Although the goals could not save Portugal from playing out a 3-3 draw at Stade de Lyon in their final Group F match.
Ronaldo scored on his record 17th appearance in the European Championships finals, another record.
And the Real Madrid star is now bearing down on disgraced former Uefa president Michel Platini as he is just one goal off the Frenchman’s record mark of nine for goals in Euros finals.
The former Manchester United man scored twice as Portugal reached the final on home soil in 2004, just once in a disappointing quarterfinal exit in 2008 and three times in 2012 when Portugal were knocked out on penalties in the semifinals by Spain.
However, Ronaldo is already top scorer in the European championships when qualifiers are included, with 28 goals.
The record is just the latest of goalscoring marks held by the prolific 31-year-old.
Already Portugal’s record goalscorer, he surpassed the legendary Luis Figo on Saturday as the man to have most represented his country.
Ronaldo is also the highest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League with 93 – 10 more than closest challenger and eternal Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.
Perhaps, most remarkably of all, Ronaldo has devoured the record as Real’s all-time top scorer.
A remarkable strike rate of 364 goals for Los Blancos in just 348 games means he smashed previous record holder Raul’s 323-goal mark having played over 400 fewer matches.