Title holder with Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo is about to make the history of the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a complicated season at the Juventus Turin. If on an individual level the success was at the rendezvous, the five-time Golden Ball offering itself a title of top scorer in Serie A with goals, Juve on the other hand had to be satisfied with a coronation in the Coupe d ‘ Italy to forget the elimination from the knockout stages of the Champions League or fourth place in the league.
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to make up for the next four weeks at the Euro. While Portugal puts its title on the line, the former Mancunian has great ambitions, the Seleçao appearing to be much better armed than four years ago in France when Fernando Santos’ men had relied on a minimalist game to triumph. .
Platini and Buffon in the viewfinder
And regardless of Portugal’s results, Cristiano Ronaldo is guaranteed to enter the competition’s record books. The native of Funchal is indeed preparing to play his fifth final phase of the Euro after 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. What allow him to surpass some football legends like Gianluigi Buffon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lilian Thurman, Lothar Matthaus, Bastian Schweinsteiger or Edwin van der Saar, all four Euros on their counter.
Barring an injury or suspension, Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to become the player to have played the most matches in the competition. With 56 games, including qualifications, he is only beaten by Gianluigi Buffon and his 58 matches. Finally, if he scores, Cr7 will become, alone, the top scorer in the final phase of the Euro. A status that he currently shares with Michel Platini, also the author of 9 goals (but during a single Euro).
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