Cristiano Ronaldo records in 2021: All the milestones of the Portuguese star
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been setting new records left and right in 2021, seemingly with every goal he scores. With his hat trick against Luxembourg on October 12, he added another to the list.
Since Euro 2021 this summer, the 36-year-old has been racking up milestones in action with Portugal. He has since moved to Manchester United, where he was named Premier League Player of the Month in September and is also a finalist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Here is a summary of the milestones that Ronaldo has set this year:
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Ronaldo hat trick record
His three goals against Luxembourg gave him the 10th hat trick of his career with Portugal, who is now the most by a single male player on the international stage:
As of October 12, Ronaldo has 115 goals in 182 appearances. Here are the highlights of his three strikes:
Ronaldo’s record for international goals
Ronaldo set the all-time men’s international scoring record by scoring two goals in Portugal’s World Cup qualifying victory over the Republic of Ireland on September 1. a draw with Ali Daei of Iran on 109 goals at the top of the all-time charts.
The Portuguese legend officially set the mark when he scored his first with a minute left in injury time to tie the score at 1-1 at the Algarve Stadium. It came with an assist from Goncalo Guedes in the 89th minute, when Ronaldo found the center with a perfectly placed header.
He doubled his performance on the night with a second final in the 96th minute and the winner sealed a 2-1 victory for Portugal.
She may hold the men’s record, but there are several women who have the most goals: Canadian legend Christine Sinclair holds the all-time mark with 186 goals, followed by Abby Wambach (184) and Mia Hamm (158).
Top scorer of Euro 2021
Despite being eliminated from Euro 2021 in a knockout knockout round of 16, Ronaldo still finished atop the tournament’s scoring run with five goals, beating Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick in the assist tiebreaker. Four other players were stuck at four goals each.
Most goals in the history of Euros
The two goals against Hungary during Euro 2021 pushed Ronaldo to surpass French legend Michel Platini (9 goals), who previously shared his career mark for Euro Cup goals.
Since then, Ronaldo has left him in the dust, scoring 14 goals:
Most goals combined in the World Cup + the Euro
His two goals against France in the group stage of Euro 2021 allowed Ronaldo to surpass German forward Miroslav Klose in the most combined goals for a male player in Euro and World Cup tournaments:
Most European tournaments played
He has helped Ronaldo’s goal that he has played in five European championships, which also represents a new record. He set the new mark when he stepped onto the Puskas Arena in Budapest for his first appearance in the 2021 edition.
He is also the only player to have scored in five Euro Cup tournaments.
Ronaldo has played in all Euro competitions since 2004, when Portugal hosted the event. He helped his country win it in 2016 and the Portuguese entered the 2021 edition as reigning champions. The next euro tournament is scheduled for 2024 in Germany.
Ronaldo’s career trophy
Ronaldo’s astonishing feats in the final third with Portugal have helped cement his position as one of the best players of his generation and he has yet to show signs of slowing down despite moving into his late 30s.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also won two trophies with his country, including Euro 2016 and the Nations League, but his achievements at the club level are arguably even more impressive.
The Portuguese forward has lifted 30 club trophies, including seven league titles and five Champions League crowns, with a double from Suppercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia culminating last season’s campaign in Italy with the Bianconeri.
He shocked the football world by sealing a surprise return to United on the summer deadline, ending his three-year stint at Juve, and is expected to continue delivering the goods in the final third at Old Trafford over the course of his two-year contract.
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