Relentless, ridiculous and unstoppable! Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker lead social media tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal star breaks European Championship goal record with brace against Hungary
- Ronaldo became top goalscorer in the history of the European Championship
- The Portugal forward took his tally to 11 goals with a brace against Hungary
- He scored a 87th minute penalty and rifled home his second in injury time
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice against Hungary to move beyond France’s Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at European Championship finals, taking his tally to 11 at the Puskas Area in Budapest on Tuesday.
Ronaldo and Platini had been locked on nine goals apiece before the tournament, but the Portuguese winger’s double late on against the Hungarians added to his growing tally of records.
Former England internationals and pundits Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker were among those to pay tribute to the 36-year-old on social media after breaking another goalscoring record.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the leading goalscorer in the history of the European Championship
Lineker tweeted: ‘Sensational football from Portugal and the ridiculous @Cristiano finishes with his customary brilliance.
‘Make that 11 goals in the Euros.’
Ferdinand added: ‘Wow this guy man… Relentless’
Sami Khedira said: ‘UNSTOPPABLE’
The 36-year-old took his tally to 11 goals at the Euros with a late brace on Tuesday
Piers Morgan said: ‘WOW!!! Ronaldo scores again with a goal of wondrous quality.
‘What a player. He’s 36!’
Ronaldo had missed a superb opportunity in the first half when he fired over from close range with the goal at his mercy.
But when offered the chance from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, he made no mistake.
Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 87th minute and rifled home his second in injury time
He rifled the ball into the corner of the net and set off for one of his trademark celebrations, which drew plenty of whistles from the capacity 67,000 mostly Hungarian fans in the stadium.
There was still time to add a second in injury time at the end of the game as he took a pass near the six-yard box and danced past a couple of home defenders as well as goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to score.
Ronaldo has now also extended his record as the only player to score in five separate Euros finals, and has also played the most games, with the match against Hungary being his 22nd since he made his debut in 2004.
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