Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, by far the oldest player to win Euros Golden Boot as he breaks Platini’s 37-year record
CRISTIANO RONALDO has shattered the record for oldest player to win the European Championship Golden Boot.
The Portugal ace, 36, scored five times to beat Patrik Schick, Harry Kane and the chasing pack to the top scorer award.
Red-hot Czech Republic star Schick, 25, also scored five goals during the tournament – including his worldie against Scotland.
But Ronaldo won the tie-breaker for having an assist to his name, as has been the rule since 2008.
And aged 36, Ronaldo is SEVEN YEARS older than the previous most senior Golden Boot winner – then 29-year-old Michel Platini in 1984 – with the record finally broken after 37 years.
Platini scored an incredible nine goals during the tournament to fire his country to Euro glory.
He also scored six more than his closest rival who was Denmark’s Frank Arnesen.
A pair of Spaniards in Fernando Torres and David Villa are next in the chart aged 28 and 27 respectively.
Antoine Griezmann and England’s Alan Shearer are next with the latter finishing top scorer at Euro 96 at the age of 25.
The legendary Dutch duo Patrick Kluivert and Marco van Basten sit behind them.
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But judging by the gulf in age between Ronaldo and Platini, it could be a very long time before another player tops the list.
The Juventus ace is likely to play in the Qatar World Cup next year which is likely to be his last major international tournament.
He currently holds the joint record for the most Man of the Match awards during the World Cup with six.
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