15.06.2021 » Ronaldo to stand alone as the greatest
Cristiano Ronaldo hailed 2016 as "undoubtedly the best year of my career" according to a report from ESPN back in 2016. A magnificent year collectively and individually in which he helped his nation win a major tournament for the first time, inspired Real Madrid to an 11th Champions League title, and became a Ballon d'Or winner for the fourth time. Portugal saw him as a legend back then, but after this tournament, the rest of the world will acknowledge him as the greatest player of this competition.
As the delayed Euro 2020 is upon us, Ronaldo is aiming to go down in the history books as the greatest ever player in the competition and as the outright all-time top goal scorer to add to his record number of appearances. He was forced off cruelly because of injury early in the last final against France, robbed of the chance to score again and put him one ahead of France's Michel Platini in the all-time scoring charts...
Cristiano Ronaldo - All his 29 goals in the Serie A in 2020/21:
Joint top scorer looking to go clear
As reported by the BBC, Ronaldo sits joint top with nice goals, level with Platini and two clear of England's, Alan Shearer and remains the only player to score at four Euros. He can cement his place at the top, a testament to maintaining his physique, to compete at the very top for so long, but also to deliver in the big moments. He will want to score in the final this time and banish the memories of coming off injured. It was him urging his countrymen to hold on for that famous victory against France and now he will face them again.
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Record appearances in Euro finals
Ronaldo has played a staggering 22 games in total but this could be the tournament that the all time record falls. Bursting onto the scene back in Euro 2004, Ronaldo could extend his appearance record by some distance. Already three clear of retired Bastian Schweinsteiger, the closest active player is fellow countryman Pepe, 38 and Wolves midfielder João Moutinho, both expected to start alongside Ronaldo.
The first match on June 15 against unknown quantity, Hungary, in this competition's group of death, which also features World Cup holders and many peoples favourites France, a young but talented Germany keen for a good send off in manager Joachim Low's last major finals. Portugal will look for an all important win, the stage set for Ronaldo to break the record outright and he has all the tools and talent in this current Portuguese squad.
Ronaldo has fired a warning to his rivals and Juventus teammate and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot shared some light as reported by The Mirror. Rabiot said his fellow France teammates were talking up their own chances amongst themselves in the Juventus dressing room when Ronaldo said "Be careful of us still", referring to his Portugal side. Stern word from the talisman and soon to be outright top scorer. Ronaldo is ready to go down as the greatest the competition has seen.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal is on June 15, against Hungary. You can watch Portugal vs Hungary, Italy vs Switzerland, Denmark vs Belgium, Turkey vs Wales, Poland vs Slovakia, and France vs Germany, all matches provided from our live streaming game pages.
Portugal next game:
Portugal vs Hungary kick-off time (15-06-2021):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 00:00
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 23:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 21:30
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 17:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:00
Sources: ronaldo7.net / espn.com / bbc.com / mirror.co.uk