Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the Portugal national football team in Euro 2020 which is scheduled to begin from 11th June in Rome. The 36-year-old, who took over as captain of his nation when he was just 22 years old, has now held the armband for more than a decade. Ronaldo is now all set to captain a young and talented Portugal team that will attempt to defend their Euro 2020 title.
Ronaldo made his debut for Portugal way back in 2003 against Kazakhstan at the tender age of 18 years and has scored a goal for his nation in every calendar year since his first international goal in 2004. He is one of the greatest players to play the sport and will be competing in his fifth European Championship in a row with the hopes to set yet another record.
The Portuguese forward has scored 103 goals for his nation and is only six behind the record for most goals in men’s internationals which is currently held by Iran’s Ali Daei with 109 goals.
His rise began at Manchester United when he won the Ballon d’Or for the first time and continued for the next nine years at Real Madrid, where he was astonishingly solid. He scored 450 goals for the club in all competitions, never fewer than 30 in a season, and cherished his personal rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
He joined Juventus in 2018 and, although finishing as Serie A’s top scorer with 29 goals last season, he lost out on the title. Ronaldo will now be keen for glory at Euro 2020, which may be his final European tournament.
In order to retain their championship at Euro 2020, Portugal will have their work cut out for them. They have a team that is a combination of youth and experience and are placed in the “group of death” alongside France, Germany, and Hungary.
Portugal national football team’s campaign in Euro 2020
Portugal qualified for the Euro 2020 finishing second in the qualifiers table with five wins from eight matches below Ukraine.
They are drawn in Group F of the mega event and will kick off their campaign against Hungary on 15th June in Budapest followed by a clash against Germany on 19th June in Munich and will be back in Budapest for their last group stage match against France on 24th June.