Euro 2020: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo wins Golden Boot

With five goals to his name, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Boot award for the top goal-scorer at the 2021 European Championships (EURO 2020) on Sunday.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Euro 2020, Golden Boot, as no one from England or Italy managed to surpass his tally in the tournament final at Wembley on Sunday.

Ronaldo had scored five goals in the competition – the same as the Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick – and won via the tie-breaker of assists. Three of his goals came from the penalty spot, while the other two came from open play against Hungary and Germany.

UEFA uses assists as a tiebreaker, then the fewest minutes played and then, finally, goals scored in qualifying if necessary to declare an outright winner.

Ronaldo is also the top scorer at the Euro Cup with 14 goals. With two goals in the last group game against France, Ronaldo has now scored 109 international goals equaling the world record set by Iran’s Ali Daei.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 24 appearances. He is followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany with 18 and Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon with 17.

Ronaldo tops the list with most finals. He has played in 5 finals for Portugal — 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020. Legends such as Lothar Matthaus, Alessandro Del Piero, Edwin van der Sar, Lilian Thuram, Gianluigi Buffon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others have made appearances in 4 Euros.

Portugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, saw their trophy defence end in the round-of-16 stage following a 1-0 defeat to Belgium.

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