One more challenge to the eternal competition between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began this Monday, with a goal from the Argentine that was insufficient for the Albiceleste in his debut in the Copa América in Brazil, while the Portuguese scored more records in his impressive career with Portugal.
Messi scored a goal with a free kick that did not reach Argentina to beat Chile in its presentation in the Copa América, postponed a year and displaced to Brazil by the pandemic.
That goal was the 16th for Messi in the five editions he has played in the Copa América. Messi (145) is two games away from tying Javier Mascherano’s mark (147) as the player with the most appearances for Argentina.
Messi reached nine goals in his five Copa América appearances, with five in the 2016 edition as the most he has achieved.
But the significance and glory was taken by Cristiano Ronaldo, who to begin with became the first to play five editions of the European Championship.
The game against Hungary was already historic for the striker, who suffered too much before the frame and quickly fell into despair.
But the last minutes opened the door to Portugal, which was denied so much and with a double from their captain and the highest historical benchmark they achieved a resounding 3-0. First a penalty at 87 and then a luxury play inside the area at 92.
That double made Cristiano Ronaldo the European Championship’s top scorer in history, with eleven goals that surpassed Michel Platini’s nine goals.
It was his 22nd match in the final phase of a European Championship, another record for him. Another record close to the veteran captain of the Portuguese team is that of the best assistant in the history of the European Championship, where the record is held by the Czech Karel Poborsky with eight passes on goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo accumulates six passes that ended up in the networks.
Ronaldo’s two goals against Hungary leave him with 106 in the Portugal jersey, and in the history of national team football he is only behind Iranian Ali Daei with 109 goals.
Cristiano surpassed the European record as a scorer with his team (84 goals) by Ferenc Puskás during the 2018 World Cup, and this Tuesday he became the highest scorer in the history of the European Championship at the stadium that bears the name of the Hungarian legend who He also played for the Spanish national team.