Ronaldo Steals The Show For Portugal Equaling Asamoah Gyan’s Record

Portugal started their Euro defending campaign after beating Hungary 3-0 in the first Group F match.

The torrid game stretched to the large minutes with ends to end actions from both sides showing their character on the field.

Until the 84th minute when  Raphael Guerrero broke the deadlock for the defending champions before skipper Ronaldo converted an 87th-minute penalty for his 10th goal in the competition, overtaking France’s Michel Platini on nine goals.

Before adding another goal on the 90th minute to make it three for his side to wrap up the game in their first opening match to boost their defending title.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo started for his side against Hungary at the Puskas Arena that made him the first player to play in five consecutive European Championships dating back from 2004.

Ronaldo’s European Championship debut started in 2004 when Portugal hosted the tournament followed by Austria and Switzerland in 2008, then another one co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine in 2012 and four years later in the 2016 edition in France where he led his side to pick the trophy after beating host France 1-0 which made him the first player to lead Portugal side to win a major trophy.

Ronaldo has won more caps for Portugal playing in 22 Euro Championship games, the top scorer of the tournament in 40 qualifying rounds, and is at the same level as France great Michel Platini with nine goals in the final stages of the competition.

Here where Asamoah Gyan comes in:

Asamoah Gyan who made his debut for Ghana in 2004 scored in 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups, and 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations making him the only player in history to score in nine consecutive major tournaments.

Gyan is the all-time top scorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals in 109 caps after representing Ghana.

He represented Ghana at 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019, helping them finish in third place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.

Ronaldo’s two goals against Hungary make him equals to Asamoah Gyan’s record of scoring in nine consecutive major tournaments starting from 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 Euros and 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 World Cups.




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