Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo thanked his teammates for helping him to usurp Michael Platini as the European Championship’s top scorer of all time after his brace against Hungary.
The 36-year-old converted a late penalty to put himself on 10 goals at Euros, which is one more than the previous record-holder
. The Frenchman scored nine goals at the European Championships, all of which he scored at the 1984 edition of the tournament.
He is now the only man to play in five Euros, score in five Euros and lead the overall scoring charts with 11 strikes.
striker is just three goals away from
with 109 goals for breaking the record for the most international goals of all time and will have the chance to close in on Daei's tally when
Speaking after Portugal's late win against
, Ronaldo said:
"It was important to win. It was a difficult game.
"Hungary defended very well for 90 minutes. We managed to score three goals and I am very grateful to the team for helping me to score twice and collect the man of the match award.
"It was essential to go in with the right foot to give confidence. Now we have to just keep going, keep going. We will look to win the next game."
Portugal manager Fernando Santos was satisfied with his side’s performance as they won their first game at a major tournament for the first time in six attempts.
"They kept putting two or three players on top of Cristiano,"
he told SIC Noticias.
"Our strategy was not to cross, cross, cross. We had to look for different paths and we scored a goal, then Hungary started opening up some space.
"If we had scored earlier it might have been easier for us. We had chances to score but didn't, which caused a small period of anxiety, though we recovered well in the end by scoring the goals.
"It was a case of making Ronaldo more open because Guerreiro was getting stuck. Now we have two important games to come and we will try our best to get through this stage."
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