Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo Tops 10 Greatest Strikers In European Championship History
The 36-year-old Juventus forward is Portugal’s most capped player and all-time record scorer.
Ronaldo missed out on silverware early in his Portugal career after his side lost 1-0 to Greece in the final of Euro 2004.
Ronaldo will once again captain Portugal at a major international tournament as the defending champions prepare for the forthcoming Euro 2020.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star will become the first player in history to appear at five European Championships this summer.
And Ronaldo is currently tied with three-time Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini in the all-time top goalscorers at the Euros (both on nine apiece).
Both Richards and Shearer placed Ronaldo top of a star-studded pile, while the pair agreed on Van Basten as second and Thierry Henry came third.
Premier League legend Shearer said that the Portugal captain had taken “goalscoring ability to ridiculous levels now” alongside Lionel Messi.
Meanwhile, former Manchester City right-back Richards claimed Ronaldo has become an “inspiration to any young kid and adult,” adding that he “deserves to break the goalscoring record at the Euros.”
Posted below are the 10 best strikers in the history of the European Championships.
Alan Shearer (England): Shearer: 10th & Richards: 8th
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden): Shearer: 8th & Richards: 10th
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands): Shearer: 9th & Richards: 9th
Antoine Griezmann (France): Shearer: 7th & Richards: 7th
Wayne Rooney (England): Shearer: 6th & Richards: 6th
Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany): Shearer: 5th & Richards: 5th
Gerd Muller (West Germany): Shearer: 4th & Richards: 4th
Thierry Henry (France): Shearer: 3rd & Richards: 3rd
Marco van Basten (Netherlands): Shearer: 2nd & Richards: 2nd
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Shearer: 1st & Richards: 1st