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Happy Birthday Cristiano Ronaldo: A look at 5 major records of the soccer icon 

As Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 39th birthday, let’s delve into five major records held by the iconic footballer who has left a huge mark at Real Madrid and Manchester United. 

UEFA Euro Goal Scoring Record: Cristiano Ronaldo stands as the all-time leading goal-scorer in the UEFA Euro, with an impressive total of 14 goals. His goal tally surpasses Michel Platini’s record by five goals, making him the top goal-getter in the history of the European Championship. 

Hat-trick Milestone: Ronaldo is the inaugural player to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring 10 hat-tricks in men’s international football. This extraordinary accomplishment was realized during Portugal’s dominating 5–0 victory over Luxembourg in 2021, establishing Ronaldo as a hat-trick king. 

Most International Goals: The prolific forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, surpassed Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals by netting his 110th goal in 2021. Ronaldo’s remarkable goal-scoring prowess in international football has since elevated, with the Portuguese star now boasting over 118 goals for his country. 

Champions League Brilliance: Ronaldo’s legacy in the UEFA Champions League is unparalleled. He is the sole player to have scored in three separate Champions League finals, highlighting his prowess on football’s grandest stage. Ronaldo’s goal-scoring exploits in the final matches contributed to victories for Manchester United and Real Madrid. 

All-Time Leading Champions League Scorer: Ronaldo holds the prestigious title of the all-time leading goal-scorer in the UEFA Champions League, having netted an astounding 140 goals in the competition. His illustrious career includes five Champions League triumphs, and he holds the record for the most appearances in the tournament with 183. 

Pioneer of 800 Career Goals: In November 2022, Ronaldo achieved the historic milestone of becoming the first player to score 800 career goals for both club and country. The momentous goal occurred during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal, further solidifying Ronaldo’s status as one of football’s greatest goal-scorers. 

As Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make history, these records underscore his unmatched contributions to the sport, showcasing his exceptional talent, longevity, and enduring impact on football’s global stage. 

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