Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new record by becoming the first player to play in five European Championship tournaments.
Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal in their first game of Euro 2020 against Hungary on Tuesday in the Group F opener in Budapest. The Juventus superstar led the team in front of an estimated 60,000 fans at the Puskas Arena, having played in the four previous tournaments.
“Players who have longevity in football are those who can adapt,” Ronaldo said ahead of the tie.
“The numbers speak for themselves: I have adapted from 18 to 36. I always work to achieve things on a personal and collective level.”
The 36-year-old, who made his first appearance in 2004, has scored 106 goals in 177 appearances for Portugal, three fewer than Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time men’s record of 109 international goals.
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