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Cristiano Ronaldo Sets Euros All-Time Scoring Record with Goal vs. Hungary

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2021

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Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading goalscorer in the European Championship finals with his brace Tuesday against Hungary.

Ronaldo passed Michel Platini when he gave Portugal a 2-0 lead from the penalty spot in the 87th minute. He added a second goal in the second minute of stoppage time to bring his overall total to 11.

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The 36-year-old is closing in another historic achievement that could be wrapped up by the time Euro 2020 concludes.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored 2 goals in Portugal's 3-0 win vs Hungary.<br><br>His 11 career EURO goals are the most in tournament history and he's up to 106 career international goals. The men's world record is held by Iran’s Ali Daei with 109. pic.twitter.com/ff0CzTxIxa

Tuesday's victory bodes well for Portugal.

For the most part, the key pieces remain the same from when the country lifted the Euro 2016 trophy. Fernando Santos is still the manager, and the squad includes multiple holdovers from the last tournament, including Ronaldo, Pepe, Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Jose Fonte and William Carvalho.

But Ronaldo seemed to present a bit of a dilemma for Santos since the Juventus star wasn't necessarily at his best during the 2020-21 campaign, though he still led Serie A in scoring with 29 goals.

Dropping the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is a nonstarter because of his influence and profile. However, he may not be the best option up front, especially after Andre Silva bagged 28 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt.

While Ronaldo's first goal didn't fully address that concern, his second required a combination of teamwork and individual skill.

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Portugal still has big tests against Germany and France ahead in the group stage, so Tuesday represented the easy part.

Starting off with three points and having Ronaldo find the back of the net was at least the perfect way for the squad to begin its Euro title defense.

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