Cristiano Ronaldo, who many believe to be the greatest of all time, tops the list with 25 European Championship appearances. Adding to what is already a stellar trophy cabinet, Ronaldo won the competition once in 2016.
He made his first appearance for Portugal in the Euros in 2004 which was hosted in his home country. He subsequently scored his first international goal in a 2-1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece.
Ronaldo earned a place in the team of the tournament, helping his side reach the final with two goals and two assists. By the time Euro 2008 came, he had earned the captaincy but scored just once as Portugal were knocked out in the quarter-finals.
After a penalty shootout defeat in the semi-finals of 2012, Ronaldo finally tasted international success, as Portugal won Euro 2016. He became his nation’s most-capped player as he made his 128th appearance in the second game. They finished with three draws but progressed as one of the best third-placed teams, despite not winning a single game. Advancing all the way to the final to face hosts France, Ronaldo was forced off injured after 25 minutes. In his absence, Eder scored a 109th-minute winner with their captain supporting from the bench. He was then named into the team of the tournament for a third time.
Although Portugal could not defend their trophy in Euro 2020, Ronaldo won the Golden Boot with five goals, even with Belgium knocking them out in the round of 16.