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Portugal at the Euros: Historical Results, Victories, and Performance at the UEFA European Championship

Portugal’s Euro 2024 Journey: Ronaldo’s Final Stand

Portugal’s Euro 2024 Journey Ends in Quarterfinals as Ronaldo Bids Farewell

Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a bitter end in the quarterfinals as they were defeated by France on penalties. This match marked the end of an era as Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain and veteran striker, made what is believed to be his final appearance at a European Championship.

Despite the loss, Ronaldo managed to score in the shootout, adding to his incredible record of being the only male player to score at 10 successive major international competitions since his debut at Euro 2004. With a 20-year international career, Ronaldo has only one European title under his belt, which he clinched in Paris back in 2016.

Portugal’s qualification for Euro 2024 was flawless, winning all 10 games in Group J with a 100% record. They were the top scorers in qualification with 36 goals and had the best defensive record, conceding just two goals. Ronaldo played a vital role in this success, scoring 10 goals during the qualifiers.

The Euro 2016 champions have a rich history in the tournament, with their first-ever triumph coming in 2016. Prior to that, Portugal had suffered near misses, including a loss to Greece in the 2004 final. Their route to glory in France was filled with challenges, but a resilient performance led by Ronaldo saw them lift the trophy.

Throughout their European Championship history, Portugal have qualified for eight successive tournaments and reached the knockout stages each time. Despite the disappointment in Euro 2024, their legacy in the competition remains strong.

As Ronaldo bids farewell to the Euros, fans and teammates will remember his incredible contributions to the Portuguese national team. The football world will undoubtedly miss the presence of one of the greatest players to have graced the European stage.

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