Cristiano Ronaldo’s EURO records

Cristiano Ronaldo's EURO records

Cristiano Ronaldo’s EURO records showcase just how dominant a force the Portugal captain has been in European Championship history. With his performances spanning five editions of the tournament so far, Ronaldo has smashed numerous goalscoring and appearance records at the EUROs.

In the realm of football, Cristiano Ronaldo stands as a towering figure, an icon whose name is synonymous with unparalleled skill, unwavering determination, and an insatiable hunger for success. His achievements on the pitch are legendary, and his impact on the game is undeniable.

Among his many accolades, Cristiano Ronaldo’s EURO records hold a special place, showcasing his dominance in the European Championship, one of the most prestigious international tournaments in football.

Here are the EURO records he has broken, as well as the ones he could break if he plays at UEFA EURO 2024.

What EURO records does Ronaldo hold?

EURO records Ronaldo hold

Most finals goals

Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal on his EURO debut against Greece on June 12, 2004. He went on to score a total of nine goals in UEFA EURO 2016, matching Michel Platini’s record. Ronaldo then set a new record by scoring five more goals in UEFA EURO 2020.

Cristiano RonaldoPortugal14
Michel PlatiniFrance9
Alan ShearerEngland7
Antoine GriezmannFrance7
Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands6
Patrick KluivertNetherlands6
Wayne RooneyEngland6
Thierry HenryFrance6
Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden6
Nuno GomesPortugal6

Most EURO final tournaments

A total of 22 players had featured in four different EURO tournaments, with Ronaldo being the only one to have participated in five.

PlayerCountryNumber of AppearancesYears
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal52004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
Lothar MatthäusWest Germany/Germany41980, 1984, 1988, 2000
Peter SchmeichelDenmark41988, 1992, 1996, 2000
Alessandro Del PieroItaly41996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Edwin van der SarNetherlands41996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Lilian ThuramFrance41996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Olof MellbergSweden42000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Gianluigi BuffonItaly42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Petr ČechCzech Republic42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Andreas IsakssonSweden42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Kim KällströmSweden42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Jaroslav PlašilCzech Republic42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Lukas PodolskiGermany42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Tomáš RosickýCzech Republic42000, 2004, 2012, 2016
Bastian SchweinsteigerGermany42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Darijo SrnaCroatia42004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Giorgio ChielliniItaly42008, 2012, 2016, 2020
Sebastian LarssonSweden42008, 2012, 2016, 2020
Luka ModrićCroatia42008, 2012, 2016, 2020
João MoutinhoPortugal42008, 2012, 2016, 2020
PepePortugal42008, 2012, 2016, 2020

Most finals appearances

Ronaldo missed only one match in his nation’s last five EUROs. He sat out Portugal’s final group game against Switzerland in 2008, with his side already through. His nearest rivals are international team-mates João Moutinho and Pepe.

Cristiano RonaldoPortugal25
João MoutinhoPortugal19

Most EURO final tournaments scored in

Ronaldo scored two goals at EURO 2004, one in 2008, three in both 2012 and 2016, and five in 2020, making him the only player to score three or more goals in five different EURO tournaments.

Most appearances (including qualifying)

Ronaldo has played 60 games in EURO competition, qualifying, and finals, surpassing Buffon’s previous record of 58. He has won 37 games, drawn 13, and lost 10.

Cristiano RonaldoPortugal64
Gianluigi BuffonItaly58
Luka ModrićCroatia53
Mario FrickLiechtenstein51

Most goals including qualifying

If Ronaldo dominates a league of his own for the previous category, then in this one, he’s on another planet. He has scored 50 goals in EURO qualifying and finals, which is more than the combined total of the next two players.

Cristiano RonaldoPortugal50
Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden25
Robbie KeaneRepublic of Ireland23

UEFA EURO 2024, anybody?

Ronaldo will be 39 when EURO 2024 comes around. Would you bet against him being in Germany for it? If he is, these records will be up for grabs:

Oldest EURO scorer

38 years 257 days Ivica Vastic (Austria, 2008)

Oldest scorer in a final

34 years 71 days Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, 2020)

Oldest outfield player to feature at EURO

39 years 91 days Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 2000)

Oldest player to feature in EURO final

38 years 232 days Jens Lehmann (Germany, 2008)

Oldest player to win EURO

37 years 23 days Arnold Mühren (Netherlands, 1988)

UEFA EURO 2024: Can Cristiano Ronaldo Break These Records?

RecordCurrent HolderAgeYear
Oldest EURO scorerIvica Vastic (Austria)38 years, 257 days2008
Oldest scorer in a finalLeonardo Bonucci (Italy)34 years, 71 days2020
Oldest outfield player to feature at EUROLothar Matthäus (Germany)39 years, 91 days2000
Oldest player to feature in EURO finalJens Lehmann (Germany)38 years, 232 days2008
Oldest player to win EUROArnold Mühren (Netherlands)37 years, 23 days1988

Multiple EURO-winning captains

If Portugal wins in Germany with Ronaldo as captain, he will match Iker Casillas as the only player to lead teams to two EURO victories.

Ronaldo’s EURO finals match log

24/06/2004England2–2 (W on pens)WQuarter-finals
11/06/2008Czech Republic3–1W1Group
21/06/2012Czech Republic1–0W1Quarter-finals
27/06/2012Spain0–0 (L on pens)LSemi-finals
25/06/2016Croatia1–0WRound of 16
30/06/2016Poland1–1 (W on pens)WQuarter-finals
27/06/2021Belgium0-1LRound of 16

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