Ronaldo breaks record as the first player to feature in six European Championships

By Jurassic JennJun 25, 2024 20:05 PMSport
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. Source: edition.cnn.com

In a remarkable display of resilience, Portugal clawed their way back from an early deficit to secure a thrilling 2-1 victory over Czech Republic at Euro 2024. The match also witnessed history in the making as Cristiano Ronaldo, at 39 years old, became the first player to participate in six European Championships. This is prepared by SSP.

Having debuted in the tournament in 2004, where Portugal ultimately fell to Greece in the final, Ronaldo has established himself as a true icon of the game. Leading his nation to triumph at Euro 2016, the forward's noteworthy international success remains unparalleled despite an unfortunate injury forcing his substitution during the decisive game.

While currently plying his trade in Saudi Arabia for Al-Nassr, Ronaldo's inclusion in the Portugal squad, as endorsed by coach Roberto Martinez, demonstrates the veteran striker's unwavering goal-scoring prowess. In Portugal's opening Group F clash against Czech Republic, Ronaldo showcased glimpses of his brilliance, though his impact on the game was subdued. A particularly close attempt on goal, denied by VAR due to a marginal offside ruling, could have brought him closer to adding to his already impressive European Championship goal tally.

Nonetheless, Portugal persevered in their pursuit of victory, ultimately finding success in the 92nd minute when substitute Francisco Conceição scored a dramatic late winner from close range.

Initially, it was Czech Republic who struck first blood, courtesy of a spectacular long-range effort from Lukáš Provod in the 62nd minute. However, the Portuguese response was swift, albeit fortuitous. Czech Republic goalkeeper Jindřich Staněk's failed clearance resulted in an unfortunate deflection off Robin Hranáč, diverting the ball into his own net.

Ronaldo's contribution throughout his European Championship tenure has been remarkable, with the forward scoring in all five editions he has competed in, setting the tournament's record for highest goal tally at 14. Moreover, Germany 2024 offers him the unique opportunity to cement his status as the oldest goal-scorer in Euro history.

Notably, Ronaldo wasn't the sole Portuguese player to etch their name into the annals of Euro records. Defender Pepe, aged 41 years and 113 days, now holds the title of the tournament's oldest participant.

Portugal will now shift their focus to the upcoming encounter against Turkey on Saturday, followed by a clash with Georgia next Wednesday. As the team seeks to build on their stirring comeback victory, the stage is set for Ronaldo to continue spearheading his nation's charge in this prestigious competition.

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