EURO 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo eyes record as Portugal take on Czech Republic

The Portuguese helped his nation win the Championship in 2016 for the first time in history

By Web Desk
June 18, 2024
Cristiano Ronaldo greets fans during a practice session. — AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo will begin his Euro 2024 journey with Portugal taking on the Czech Republic in their first match of the tournament at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany, on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, 39, will be featuring in his sixth Euro tournament as he has played in every edition from 2004 to 2020 while winning the competition in 2016 and reaching the final in 2004.

If Ronaldo manages to find the back of the net against Czechia, he will become the first player aged 39 or more to score in the competition’s history.

Five oldest goalscorers in Euro history

Ivica Vastic, Australia (38y 257d)

Goran Pandev, North Macedonia (37y, 322d)

Zoltan Gera, Hungary (37y 62d)

Gareth McAuley, North Ireland (36y, 194d)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Potugal (36y, 183d)

As soon as he steps on the field tonight, he will etch his name in the history books by becoming the first player to appear in six different editions of Euros.

With 14 goals in the tournament’s history, Ronaldo is already the top-scorer in the history of Euros and the 39-year-old would be eager to extend his tally with a goal tonight.

Ronaldo will be getting the playmaking services of the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva. The five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to score tonight as he has already netted 44 goals in 45 matches with Al-Nassr this season and is in great form.

Portugal’s squad and schedule for Euro 2024


Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma)

Defenders: Antonio Silva (Benfica), Danilo Pereira (Paris St-Germain), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Cancelo (Barcelona), Nelson Semedo (Wolves), Nuno Mendes (Paris St-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Neves (Benfica), Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Otavio Monteiro (Al-Nassr), Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal), Vitinha (Paris St-Germain)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Francisco Conceicao (Porto), Goncalo Ramos (PSG), Joao Felix (Barcelona), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Rafael Leao (AC Milan).


June 18: Portugal v Czech Republic, Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

June 22: Turkey v Portugal, Westfalenstadion, Dortmund

June 26: Georgia v Portugal, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen