Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot as he finished top scorer of the tournament with five goals and an assist despite exiting early in the tournament. Despite playing just four games, Ronaldo clinched the top honors after netting twice against Hungary, twice against France and once against Germany in the earlier rounds of the tournament.
Ronaldo was tied with Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick, who also ended the tournament with five goals. UEFA, however, have stated that in the event of a tie, assists would determine the winner. The five-goal tie between Ronaldo and Schick is the first time in the European championships since the 2000 edition, when Patrick Kluivert and Savo Milosevic both hit that figure.
Earlier in the tournament, Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer at the European Championships after his brace in the final minutes to help holders Portugal beat Hungary 3-0 in their opening match. The Portugal talisman now has 14 goals in the competition, surpassing the record of France’s Michel Platini on nine that he previously shared with.
The Juventus forward made his Euro debut for his country in 2004 where Portugal hosted the tournament. He remained the talisman of the reigning champions 17 years later. At 36 years, 130 days, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score for Portugal at a major tournament, breaking the record set by Pepe at World Cup 2018 (35 years, 124 days).
In third place, it was France’s Karim Benzema with four goals. Emil Forsberg of Sweden and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku also finished with four goals each. However, Ronaldo did not make it to UEFA’s Team of the Tournament. Five players from champion Italy and three from runner-up England were among the players awarded with the said piece.
The UEFA EURO 2020 team of the tournament are as follows: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy), Kyle Walker (England), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy), Harry Maguire (England), Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy), Jorginho (Italy), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), Pedri (Spain); Federico Chiesa (Italy), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Raheem Sterling (England).
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