Cristiano Ronaldo reaches latest landmark by equalling Michel Platini's goalscoring record at Euros
Last Updated: 07/07/16 11:10am
Cristiano Ronaldo helped fire Portugal to the final of Euro 2016 - and reached yet another milestone in the process.
Ronaldo had already become the first player to score at four different European Championships with his double against Hungary but his 50th-minute breakthrough against Chris Coleman's side meant he equalled Michel Platini's long-standing record as the tournament's all-time top scorer.
Platini struck his nine goals in the space of just five games at the 1984 finals but Ronaldo, who reached the landmark on his 20th finals appearance - a record in itself - now has the chance to surpass the former France captain on French turf.
European Championships - overall top scorers
|Player||Goals scored||Matches played|
|Michel Platini (Fra)||9||5|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Por)||9||20|
|Alan Shearer (Eng)||7||9|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||6||8|
|Wayne Rooney (Eng)||6||10|
|Thierry Henry (Fra)||6||11|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe)||6||13|
|Nuno Gomes (Por)||6||14|
|Savo Milosevic (Srb)||5||4|
"Record-breaking is something very nice," Ronaldo, who was on the losing side when Portugal lost their only previous final to Greece in 2004, told reporters after the game.
"I have broken many records before and I am still breaking records for club and country, but this all comes naturally and the crucial thing was to reach the final.
"I've always dreamt of winning something for Portugal and now it's just one step away. Dreaming is free so let's keep dreaming."
Ronaldo, who has now scored at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 European Championships, has also overtaken Nuno Gomes as scorer of the most Euro goals in Portuguese history and if he can add to his three-goal haul in France, could yet bag the Golden Boot award.
Golden Boot standings - July 7
|Antoine Griezmann (Fra)||4||2|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Por)||3||3|
|Olivier Giroud (Fra)||3||2|
|Dimitri Payet (Fra)||3||2|
|Gareth Bale (Wal)||3||1|
Antoine Griezmann leads the way but while he insists he remains focused on collective success, Ronaldo - ahead of Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud by virtue of his assists - will surely hope France's forwards fail to fire against Germany in Wednesday's second semi-final.
The man who scored more than 50 goals for his club for the sixth season in a row and struck the decisive penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League final says he believes 2016 could be his lucky year.
"After winning the Champions League I believed in my heart we would go far in the Euros," he said. "Maybe it didn't start as we wanted, but this is not a 100m dash, it's a marathon."
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