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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes 1st Player to Play at 5 Men's European Championships

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2021

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Cristiano Ronaldo will become the first men's soccer player to appear in five European Championships in Tuesday's match against Hungary.

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2004<br>2008<br>2012<br>2016 🏆<br>2021<br><br>Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player to play at FIVE men's European Championships 🌟 pic.twitter.com/x6FJtgWKPo

The Portuguese national team is set to defend a 2016 championship that saw Ronaldo finally get over the hump on the international stage.

Ronaldo will be making his 22nd appearance overall at the event, which is also a record. He is currently five goals away from becoming the top scorer in men's international soccer history. His 104 goals are behind only Iran's Ali Daei (109) on the all-time list.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players not only of his time, but of all time," Daei said last November. "He is an absolute phenomenon. I would congratulate him directly [on breaking his record], but first he has to get there."

Portugal was dealt a blow to its chances when Joao Cancelo had to leave the camp due to a positive COVID-19 test. 

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