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2004 / June, 12 - Dragão Stadium, Porto. The best memories were not of the game, as Portugal would open the European Championship the same way as finished it - with a defeat against Greece -, but for Cristiano Ronaldo, who started that game on the bench and scored the only Portuguese goal it was a day to remember. It was the beginning of something big and unique… something that could soon make it reach another distinct position in the football records book. After 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, the mythical number seven of Portugal is now ready for the fifth participation in the biggest tournament of the old continent and in all of them the CR7 left its mark, which, as we well know, in its particular language means goals. Many goals.
For Portugal, the qualification was confirmed on the final group stage game. The victory against Luxembourg, with Cristiano once again in the spotlight. His goal (the 11th in this qualifying round) means that European Champions will defend the title in 2020.
Soma e segue: o golo do capitão ajudou a selar o apuramento e aumentou a contagem para 99 golos. Não percas o próximo episódio de "@Cristiano, A Lenda". ???????? #TodosPortugal pic.twitter.com/5WEfOUmTQv— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) November 17, 2019
2004 - At the age of 19, Ronaldo played all matches on the Portuguese way to the final. He scored twice and assisted another two times. He was particularly decisive in the semifinal against Netherlands (2-1) with a goal and assist. After the defeat against Greece, he left the pitch in tears, but the sweet flavor of victory would arrive later on.
2008 - Three games and one goal was Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution to the tournament played between Austria and Switzerland. Portugal has been defeated against Germany in the quarter-finals.
2012 - Already as team captain, Ronaldo led the Portuguese team in the way until the semi-final. Spain, the future champions, won the penalty shootout decision. In five games, CR7 has scored three goals.
2016 - One of the highlights of Cristiano Ronaldo's career coincides, of course, with the highest in the Portuguese football history. In France, Cristiano Ronaldo led the Portuguese team until the conquest of Paris. He has played in all seven games (became the player with most European games played), scored three times (became the biggest goal scorer of the competition - matching Michel Platini) and assisted another three. In one of the most unfortunate moments of his career, he had to leave in the 25th minute of the final due to injury, but nothing stops him from celebrating Éder's unforgettable goal. The tears of sadness in Lisbon became tears of happiness 12 years later in Paris.
Talk about Cristiano Ronaldo, means to talk about records. And in this case, it´s important to remember that the goal against Luxembourg that closed the Portuguese qualifying round left the Portuguese "just" 10 behind the Iranian Ali Daei's historic record, who continues to wear the crown of the international goals scorer. Ronaldo has now 99, but if the Juventus striker maintains the qualifying round average (1.83 goals/game), he will need just over five games to get another record.
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