Scoring at multiple EUROs

Not many footballers have played at two EUROs; fewer still have scored at more than one of the quadrennial tournaments.

We wrestle with the facts and pluck out the vital stats, discovering the only man to have successfully converted free-kicks in two EUROs (clue: he’s French); the player who scored all four of his finals goals on the very same date, albeit four years apart (German); and the forward who has hit the net at a record five tournaments (Portuguese, of course!).

Most EURO final tournaments scored in



Ronaldo's goals at five EUROs

Ronaldo’s goals at five EUROs

5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)

Ronaldo managed two goals at EURO 2004, one in 2008, three apiece in 2012 and 2016, and now two more at 2020 to move well clear of seven players who had scored at three EUROs (see the list at the bottom of this article). He is also the only player to have netted three times or more at multiple EUROs.

Same assist/scorer combination at two EUROs

Cesc Fàbregas/David Silva, Spain (1 in 2008, 1 in 2012)
David Silva/Fernando Torres, Spain (1 in 2008, 1 in 2012)
Xavi Hernández/Fernando Torres, Spain (1 in 2008, 1 in 2012)
Nani/Hélder Postiga, Portugal (1 in 2008, 1 in 2012)
Bastian Schweinsteiger/Michael Ballack, Germany (1 in 2004, 1 in 2008)
Dennis Bergkamp/Patrick Kluivert, Netherlands (1 in 1996, 2 in 2000)
Cristiano Ronaldo/Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal (1 in 2008, 1 in 2016)
Karel Poborský/Vladimír Šmicer, Czech Republic (1 in 2000, 1 in 2004)

Both of Xavi’s assists for Torres came in finals!

Scoring penalties at two EUROs



EURO 2004 highlights: France 2-1 England

EURO 2004 highlights: France 2-1 England

Alan Shearer, England vs Netherlands (1996), Romania (2000)
Zinédine Zidane, France vs Portugal (2000), England (2004)

Both of Shearer’s penalties were won by Paul Ince.

Scoring free-kicks at two EUROs

Zinédine Zidane, France vs Spain (2000), England (2004)

Scoring against same team at different EUROs

Angelos Charisteas, Greece vs Spain (2004, 2008)
Youri Djorkaeff, France vs Spain (1996, 2000)
Zdeněk Nehoda, Czechoslovakia vs Netherlands (1976, 1980)
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs Netherlands (2004, 2012)
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs Czech Republic (2008, 2012)
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs Hungary (2016, 2020)
Alan Shearer, England vs Germany (1996, 2000)

Ronaldo has scored a record-setting 11 finals goals but he has only actually notched against five different opponents: Greece, Netherlands (3), Czech Republic (2), Hungary (4) and Wales.

Scoring on same date



Great EURO comebacks: Watch five of the best

Great EURO comebacks: Watch five of the best

10/06 Cesc Fàbregas, Spain vs Russia (2008), Italy (2012)
13/06 Robin van Persie, Netherlands vs France (2008), Germany (2012)
14/06 Fernando Torres, Spain vs Sweden (2008), Republic of Ireland (2012)
17/06 Rudi Völler, West Germany vs Romania (1984), Spain (1988)
19/06 Vladimír Šmicer, Czech Republic vs Russia (1996), Netherlands (2004)

All four of Völler’s EURO goals came on 17 June!

Longest gap between first and last EURO goals

17 years 3 days, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was 19 when he struck in Portugal’s opening-day defeat by Greece at EURO 2004; approximately 17 years later he found the target in his side’s EURO 2020 opener against Hungary.

Scoring in two finals

Fernando Torres, Spain vs Germany (2008), Italy (2012)

EUROs scored inPlayerTeamYears
5Cristiano RonaldoPortugal2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
3Nuno GomesPortugal2000, 2004, 2008
3Thierry HenryFrance2000, 2004, 2008
3Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden2004, 2008, 2012
3Jürgen KlinsmannWest Germany / Germany1988, 1992, 1996
3Hélder PostigaPortugal2004, 2008, 2012
3Wayne RooneyEngland2004, 2012, 2016
3Vladimír ŠmicerCzech Republic1996, 2000, 2004
2AlfonsoSpain1996, 2000
2Michael BallackGermany2004, 2008
2Dennis BergkampNetherlands1992, 1996
2Laurent BlancFrance1996, 2000
2Jakub BłaszczykowskiPoland2012, 2016
2Antonio CassanoItaly2004, 2012
2Jan CeulemansBelgium1980, 1984
2Angelos CharisteasGreece2004, 2008
2Youri DjorkaeffFrance1996, 2000
2Christophe DugarryFrance1996, 2000
2Dragan DžajićYugoslavia1968, 1976
2Cesc FàbregasSpain2008, 2012
2Luís FigoPortugal1996, 2000
2Mario GomezGermany2012, 2016
2Valentin IvanovRussia1960, 1964
2Giorgos KaragounisGreece2004, 2012
2Miroslav KloseGermany2008, 2012
2Patrick KluivertNetherlands1996, 2000
2Jan KollerCzech Republic2004, 2008
2Philipp LahmGermany2008, 2012
2Henrik LarssonSweden2000, 2004
2Robert LewandowskiPoland2012, 2016
2Luka ModrićCroatia2008, 2016
2Zdeněk NehodaCzechoslovakia1976, 1980
2Michael OwenEngland2000, 2004
2Mesut ÖzilGermany2012, 2016
2Roman PavlyuchenkoRussia2008, 2012
2PepePortugal2008, 2012
2João PintoPortugal1996, 2000
2Andrea PirloItaly2008, 2012
2Karel PoborskýCzech Republic1996, 2000
2Lukas PodolskiGermany2008, 2012
2Viktor PonedelnikUSSR1960, 1964
2Ricardo QuaresmaPortugal2008, 2016
2Paul ScholesEngland2000, 2004
2Bastian SchweinsteigerGermany2008, 2016
2Alan ShearerEngland1996, 2000
2David SilvaSpain2008, 2012
2Fernando TorresSpain2008, 2012
2David TrezeguetFrance2000, 2004
2Willy van de KerkhofNetherlands1976, 1980
2Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands2004, 2008
2Robin van PersieNetherlands2008, 2012
2Rudi VöllerWest Germany1984, 1988
2Zinédine ZidaneFrance2000, 2004