European champion Portugal entered the competition, which was postponed for one year, among the favorites to win the title, with a huge attacking force under the leadership of coach Fernando Santos.
Bruno Fernandes spent a fruitful season with Manchester United, and is already one of his club’s most important players, Diogo Jota appeared strongly with Liverpool, and Bernardo Silva contributed influentially to Manchester City’s victory in the Premier League title .
But with the Premier League trio unable to make their mark against Hungary in front of enthusiastic Budapest fans and the hosts’ defense holding up, Portugal once again needed an intervention from the captain.
Ronaldo was late in providing the required, but he did not frustrate his fans.
Today resulted in new records for Ronaldo, after successfully executing the penalty kick, and Portugal advanced 2-0 in the 87th minute, he became the first player in the history of the European Championship to reach 10 goals, before reaching the number 11 in stoppage time, to break Michel Platini’s record 9 goals, all of which came in the 1984 edition.
Nevertheless, it seemed that the Juventus striker would suffer from a frustrating night, as he missed an easy opportunity in the first half to open the scoring, with his teammates lacking focus and decisiveness as well in front of goal.
With this match, Jota has scored one goal in the last 11 matches with his club and country and was substituted in the second half, as it seems that he is still affected by his absence for long periods due to injury.
But after Portugal were lucky to advance with a goal 6 minutes before the end, Ronaldo scored from a penalty kick, and then added the third goal after 177 seconds with individual skill.
The way Ronaldo kept calm before he dribbled the Hungarian goalkeeper – before scoring his second personal goal – that even if he was not at his best and effective in front of goal, he is decisive when needed.
Ronaldo raised his score to 106 international goals, 3 goals behind the record of Iranian Ali Daei.
Ronaldo still has the desire to achieve more records, and after the promising start of the tournament, many will expect the Portuguese striker to surpass Daei’s record and add more achievements to his amazing record before the end of the European Championship 2020.