Ronaldo Broke Platini’s 37-Year Record

By | July 16, 2021

LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo set another record when he became the oldest player to win the European Championship Golden Shoe.

The Portuguese star and captain scored five goals to overtake Patrik Schick and Harry Kane and topped the overall list of top scorers in tournament history with 11 goals.

Schick, who is also a Czech Republic player, 25, also scored five goals, including his best against Scotland, but Ronaldo has the advantage of goal assists as recorded in the rules of the competition since 2008.

At 36, Ronaldo is seven years older than his previous winner, 29 -year -old Michel Platini in 1984 and the record finally melted away 37 years later.

Platini scored nine goals at the time to help France win the European Championship.

Two Spaniards, Fernando Torres and David Villa are in third and fourth place at the ages of 28 and 27.

This was followed by Antoine Griezmann and Alan Shearer with the England player named the top scorer at Euro 96 at the age of 25.

Euro 2000 award winner Patrick Kluivert was fifth at the age of 24 and was followed by another Dutch legend, 23 -year -old Marco van Basten at Euro 88.

Given the age gap between Ronaldo and Platini, it may be a very long period of time before other players can break Ronaldo’s record.