Seven achievements of Ronaldo after winning Euro 2016

One of the most successful footballers in world football Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to break and set records since he started his career as a player. He led the Selecao to win an unprecedented Euro 2016 title in style.

The following are the seven achievements of CR7 after winning the Euro 2016 with Portugal

1. Top goalscorer in qualifying and finals: Ronaldo’s three goals in the Euro 2016 made him the all time top scorer in the qualifiers and the finals of the European Championships, he now has 29 goals in 47 matches in total which is four more than Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

2. First player to score in four editions of the European Championships: The 31-year-old became the only player to have scored in four different editions of the European Championships; he scored two goals in Euro 2004, one in Euro 2008 and three each in Euro 2012 and 2016 respectively.

3. Player with the most European championship appearances: After playing 21 matches, Ronaldo is definitely the player with most appearances in the European Championships with 1,793 minutes of football under his belt more than any other player.

4. First player to play two finals 12 years apart: CR7 becomes the first player to play in two different finals in 12 years when he stepped into the Stade de France pitch something which Ricardo Carvalho could have achieved if he made an appearance.
Seven achievements of Ronaldo after winning Euro 2016
5. Third player to make an European Championship dream team: The former Sporting Lisbon player will probably join the likes of Laurent Blanc and Paolo Maldini who were included in the dream team of the tournament; in 1992, 1996, 2000 for the French and 1988, 1996 and 2000 editions for the Italian.

6. Eleventh player to win the Champions League and European Championship in the same year: Ronaldo and fellow country man Pepe as they add themselves to the exclusive list of players who won the trophies for both club and country.

Players like Luis Suarez (with Inter and Spain in 1964), Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Wim Kieft, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg (all five with PSV and Holland in 1988), Nicolas Anelka, Christian Karembeu (both with Real Madrid and France in 2000), Fernando Torres and Juan Mata (both with Chelsea and Spain in 2012) have all won both tournaments same year.

However, Renato Sanchez at age 18, became the youngest player to feature in an European Cup final breaking Ronaldo’s 2004 record when CR7 was 19.

Renato Sanches won the young player of the tournament award.


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