Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has shattered a long-term record after he emerged as the Golden Boot Award recipient at the end of Euro 2020. Ronaldo won the Golden Boot despite playing just four games before Portugal were dumped out of the tournament at the first knockout stage as defending champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals in the four Portugal games played at the tournament to emerge as the joint topscorer alongside Czech Republic international Patrik Schick. Ronaldo and Schick scored five goals each but the Juventus attacker was awarded the Golden Boot due to his superior assist record. Cristiano Ronaldo had one assist, while Bayer Leverkusen striker Schick didn't provide any assist throughout the tournament. Ronaldo provided that lone assist for Liverpool player Diogo Jota during the 4-2 loss at the hands of Germany.

European football's governing body UEFA confirmed Ronaldo as the Golden Boot winner earlier this week as he broke a 37-year record to become the oldest Golden Boot winner in the history of the European Championship at the age of 36. He broke the record set by France football legend Michel Platiniat the 1984 edition of the European Championship. Former UEFA President Platini was 29 when he won the Golden Boot at Euro ’84.

Cristiano Ronaldo was able to shatter the record set by the abovementioned Platini. The ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United player broke the record by seven years.

Ronaldo began the Euro 2020 tournament by netting a brace in the final minutes of the game with Hungary which ended in a 3-0 win for Portugal. The Juventus talisman scored one and provided an assist in the 4-2 defeat to the Germans before netting two penalties against France as the two countries played out a 2-2 draw in their final game in Group F. He was not on target in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium in their last 16 clash.