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The Most Iconic Moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro History

The most exciting tournament has begun, and 24 sides are battling to win. The legendary Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make wonders on the pitch. Find out the most iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history.

The 2020 UEFA which is the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and is commonly known as Euro 2020 was canceled Due to Coronavirus. However, this exciting event was initially started from 12 June until 12 July 2020, and it retains the name Euro 2020.

The football icon Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to make another wonder and set up a new record for himself this year. The footballer is the most important player of Portugal in Euro 2020. However young footballers including Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Felix also support Ronaldo on the pitch and make numerous assists.

Ronaldo Makes History

With great tactics and experience, Cristiano Ronaldo poses dangerous threat to other teams. Along with the effective defending line of Silva, Fernandes, Neves and Moutinho, the football prodigy does have a great opportunity to make his magical moves on the pitch and score goals. So far Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to score three goals in Euro 2020. Find out further details about the most iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history in the following.

Ronaldo The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Cristiano Ronaldo is a name that not just football fans but all the people from around the world are familiar with. Winner of five Ballon d'Or awards, four European golden shoes continues to make magical performances on the pitch and he is often considered as the best footballer in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. Cristiano Ronaldo showed everyone that no matter how far he gets he will never stop.

In 2016 and 2017 the legendary footballer was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes and the world's most famous athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019. Time named Ronaldo on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. He is also the first footballer and the third sportsman, to earn $1 billion in their career. Aside from his amazing background in the clubs he has served,

Portugal national team

and world cup the legendary striker has showed remarkable performances in Euro history. Stay tuned and don’t miss this journey with us. Learn more about the most iconic moments of

Cristiano Ronaldo

in Euro history in the following.

Euro 2004 Was a Disappointment but It Was the Beginning of Ronaldo’s Rise

The football legend made his first Euro appearance on 12 June 2004, in a game against Greece. It was the final game and the result would determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2004. Greece won the final 1–0 defying odds of 80–1 from the beginning of the tournament. Angelos Charisteas scored the only goal of the side in the 57th minute. That year Portugal lost twice to the Greeks first in the opening goal of the competition and later in the final game.

Aside from their defeat Portugal also hosted the tournament when the golden generation of Luis Figo, Rui Costa et al were at the acme of their career in football. The future legend struggled to make a name for himself. Prior to his call for Euro 2004 he played a season at Premier League club Manchester United. Despite the fact that Portugal lost to Greeks, Ronaldo made an immediate impact with a stoppage time consolation goal in the 2-1 loss. At the time football experts considered Ronaldo as the slightly frustrating but exciting winger. Find out more details about

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Luis Figo Took Ronaldo Under His Wings

Luiz Felipe Scolari then- Portugal manager saw the potential and talent in the young footballer. Luis Figo the captain of the team who is now a retired footballer took Ronaldo under his wings and passed his experience and wisdom to the young player. Figo is considered one of the greatest footballers of Portugal. He managed to win 127 caps for the Portugal national team. His record was later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo himself.

Scolarli recalls: “When Ronaldo started with the national team, the first one to help him was Figo. He was the first player to challenge Ronaldo to dribble and shot, to score goals, to play his own game, to keep working all the time and become a better footballer. Figo took a position, saying 'My son, try again, keep trying. If you see the situation is difficult, I will give you a hand, and if you make a mistake I have everything ready, so calm down, but you have to try.'” Stay tuned for the t

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Euro 2008

After being defeated by Greece national team, Portugal finished runners-up in 2004. The next Euro championship was held in 2008, and the stage was ready for Portugal team to show themselves worthy of the title. Cristiano Ronaldo wore the number seven jersey for the first time in his career. During the qualification the top scorer managed to score eight goals which were the second highest tally. However, during the competition, he scored a goal which was the second one in a 3-1 victory over

Czech Republic


In the same match, the football legend also assisted the third goal of the team which was scored by


. Ronaldo was named man of the match for his great performance that year. In the final round of the competition, Portugal went on and faced Switzerland. However, Portugal was defeated 2–0 and


went on to secure its place in the European Championship.

But Portugal didn’t stop fighting as they went on for the competition with Germany. The team struggled to win the game. Their first goal led by Cristiano Ronaldo and went straight for the net by Gomes. The second goal was scored by Postiga. However, it was Germany who won the game and Portugal was defeated 3-2 and got eliminated in the quarter-finals. Spain won the title that year and Germany ended the battle runners-up. Find out more details about

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Euro 2012

Over the years Ronaldo grew remarkably and established himself as a top goal scorer. Prior to Euro 2012, he scored 60 goals just in 55 appearances in the 2011-12 season while he was at

Real Madrid

. Of course, his numbers and career statistics made other teams worry to face Portugal in the Euro 2012. The legendary top scorer managed to secure his team’s position in the Euro 2012 semifinals with a tremendous late goal against the Czech Republic.

After numerous unsuccessful shots, Ronaldo managed to score a goal in the 79-minute and put an end to Czech Republic’s stubborn defense. Things got harder for Portugal as they were caught in the group of death with


, Denmark and Holland. In the first group stage game they were defeated by Germany 1-0. Later Portugal went on and faced


and won the game 3-2. In order to reach the quarter finals, the team needed a victory.

After not scoring in the previous two games Ronaldo stepped up and took all his frustration out of poor Holland. He grabbed a brace and Portugal won the game 2-1. Later they faced Spain in the finals. Both sides defended well which led to 90 minutes running with no goals. In the penalties Spain defeated Portugal 2-4 as Ronaldo didn’t take a shot and remained unused. Euro 2012 championship ended with Spain the champions and Italy finished runners-up. Stay tuned for more details about the most iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history.

Euro 2016

In the qualification for Euro 2016 the footballer managed to score five goals including a hat-trick over


. In addition to another goal that he scored against Armenia back in 2014, Ronaldo reached 23 goals in the championship and became the all-time leading goal scorer. At the beginning of the competition Ronaldo struggled to score goals however his attempts failed as Portugal had a draw with both


and Austria. Based on the top iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history in the game against Austria, the football legend managed to break Luis Figo record for Portugal’s most capped player.

In the next game against Hungary he grabbed a brace in a 3-3 draw and became the first player to score in four European Championships. Although Portugal didn’t win any games they got qualified for the knockout round in third place behind Hungary and Iceland. The footballer aimed for the net in the next game against Croatia however his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into the path of Ricardo Quaresma, whose finish then secured a 1–0 victory late in extra time. Find out further details about the most iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history in the following.

Euro 2016 Champions and Ronaldo the Winner of the Silver Boot

In the following game against


, Portugal won the penalties. Ronaldo became the first player to participate in three European Championship semi-finals. Later he scored the first goal and provided the chance for the second one in a 2-0 victory over


. It was in this game that he tied with Michel Platini as the competition's all-time top scorer with nine goals. In the final game over hosts France, Ronaldo was sent off the pitch after challenge from Dimitri Payet. The footballer stretchered off the pitch and substituted by Quaresma.

In the extra time, substitute Eder managed to aim the net and score a goal in the 109th minute and led the team to a 1-0 triumph. According to the top iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history as the captain of the team, he picked up the trophy for celebrating his country's first victory in a major tournament. The footballer was awarded with a Silver Boot as the joint second-highest goal scorer with three goals and three assists, and was named to the team of the tournament for the third time in his career.

Fellow Teammates Praise Ronaldo for His Motivational Spirit at Euro 2016

After Eder’s strike sealed victory for Portugal in extra-time,

Cedric Soares

, the Southampton full-back, explained that how Ronaldo encouraged him to win. In an interview Soares revealed: “He gave us a lot of confidence and he said, 'Listen people, I'm sure we will win this Euro so stay together and fight for it'. It was unbelievable. All the team had a fantastic attitude and showed that when you fight as one you are much, much stronger. He was fantastic. His attitude was unbelievable. At half-time he helped a lot, our colleagues, he had always a lot of motivational words.”

He added: “All the team reacted to them so it was very, very good.”


who scored the winning goal of competition also praised Ronaldo for motivating the team and explained that the football legend predicted that he will score the winning goal of the game. “Ronaldo told me I would score the winning goal for the team,” he told the Portuguese newspaper. “He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital. It was a goal I've been working for from the first minute of the Euros,” he added.

The Highest Goal Scorer in Euro 2020

Just in the first day of Euro 2020 Ronaldo went on and grabbed a brace in a 3-0 victory over


on Tuesday. It was a battle between the two sides as Hungary struggled to keep Portugal away from the net. Portugal put the defensive line of the team under pressure as in 84 minutes a deflected cross by Rafa Silva put the ball in Raphael Guerreiro’s control who strikes it right in the middle of the net. This was the first goal of Portugal. However, The Navigators didn’t stop and kept fighting for more points.

In the 87 minute things got worse for Hungary as Portugal was awarded with a penalty that Ronaldo took the shot and scored the second goal for the team. The third goal was also scored by Ronaldo and

Rafa Silva

provided an assist for his goal. After the game the top scorer stated: “The important thing was to win. It was a difficult game, against an opponent who defended very well, but we scored three goals and I am very grateful to the team for helping me to score two goals and be the Star of the Match.”

Ronaldo Broke Michel Platini Record in Euro 2020

Along with this two goals against Hungary and just in the first game, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to break France legend Michel Platini record and became the all-time leading goal-scorer at UEFA Euro. Prior to the opening game in the Euro 2020 over Hungary on Tuesday, Ronaldo explained that he has come a long way and learned a lot over the years.

“I’m not the same player I was at18 or 10 years ago or five years ago, but we keep adjusting. The most intelligent thing about a football player is the ability to adjust, and I’m more mature than I was before. If a player wants to play for many years they must adjust. My numbers speak for themselves. From 18 to 36 I’ve learnt to adjust and adapt, and I ‘ve always been able to win. I have adjusted all along in my career.” Learn further details about

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Cristiano Ronaldo Aims for All-Time International Scoring Record

Ali Daei is an Iranian former professional player who played as a striker before retiring in 2007. He holds the record for the all-time men's international top goal scorer, with 109 goals in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006. His remarkable goal-scoring achievement is listed in Guinness World Records. Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to break the Iranian striker’s record and become the all-time men's international top goal scorer.

So far he has scored 107 goals including the two goals he scored against Hungary just at the beginning of Euro 2020. He is now two goals behind the Iranian striker, and it is just a matter of time before he becomes All-Time International's top goal scorer. Find out the details about top 5 Cristiano Ronaldo moments in Euro history in the following.

Top 5 Cristiano Ronaldo Moments in Euro History

Here are the

top 5 Cristiano Ronaldo moments in Euro history

listed below:

  • During the UEFA Euro 2004 Ronaldo scored his first international goal in a 2-1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece in his eight appearance for Portugal.

  • Ronaldo was named man of the match for his great performance during the 2008 Euro championship.

  • The footballer managed to secure Portugal position in the Euro 2012 semifinals with a tremendous late goal over the Czech Republic.

  • The moment that Ronaldo picked up the trophy as the captain in celebration of his Portugal’s first victory was glorious.

  • The two goals he scored against Hungary in the beginning of 2020 Euro championship moved Ronaldo closer to break Ali Daei’s record.

Cristiano Ronaldo Leadership Skills

In Euro 2020, after defeating Hungary, Portugal is facing Germany and France. Hopefully, the footballer will score more goals and reach the Iranian striker’s record. Portugal formed a squad of the most talented players and just like the previous Euro championship Cristiano Ronaldo was appointed as the captain of the team.

In Euro 2016, the football legend showed how much of a team player he is by motivating his teammates to finish the job while he was injured. He encouraged Eder to score the winning goal that made them champions of Euro 2016. In 2019, Cabrini stated about Ronaldo: “My personal opinion is that Ronaldo is better than


, but mainly in terms of leadership.” Stay tuned for more details about the most iconic moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in Euro history.

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