CR7 breaks 37-year goal record

Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo may have suffered a premature exit from the 2020 UEFA European Championship but the Portuguese icon still broke a 37-year record on the night of the final.

Ronaldo won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot after scoring five goals in four games before his side was eliminated in a 1-0 round of 16 loss to Belgium. The forward outscored the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe. 

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According to The Sun, the 36-year-old beat a 37-year-old record on the night of the final when he became the oldest player to win the Golden Boot award at a Euro tournament.  

Michel Platini was the previous record holder after winning the award at the age of 29, but the Juventus star has smashed his record by seven years. This is not the only occasion in Euro 2020 tournament that the forward overtook Platini. 

The former Real Madrid forward started the tournament tied with the Frenchman for the most goals scored in European Championships. After scoring five goals, the talisman now has 14 goals in European Championship history, overtaking Platini's nine.

This quartet of goals took Ronaldo to 109 goals for his country, equalling Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record for the most strikes in international football history.

He will have the chance to beat Daei’s record when Portugal face the Republic of Ireland in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in September. 

Scroll through the gallery below to see the 10 best-performing players at Euro 2020, per UEFA

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