The EURO 2020 is scheduled to finally take place this year. Hence, it’s the right time to look back and check the most appearances and top scorers of the UEFA European Championship history.

Who are the players who have played the most matches and scored the most goals in the history of the UEFA European Championship?

Let’s have a look at the stats together!

 

Most UEFA European Championship Final Tournament Appearances

The most EURO appearances has Cristiano Ronaldo. Portuguese winger played 21 European Championship matches.

 

German central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is in the second place with 18 matches. He participated in four European Championship final tournaments: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany

 

In the 3rd place is Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon with 17 appearances. Buffon represented Italy at four European Championships.

Gianluigi Buffon Italy

 

Below, find the list of the players by most appearances in European Championships.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 21
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – 18
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) – 17
Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) – 16
Andrés Iniesta (Spain) – 16
Lilian Thuram (France) – 16
Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands) – 16
João Moutinho (Portugal) – 15
Nani (Portugal) – 15
Pepe (Portugal) – 15
Sergio Ramos (Spain) – 15
David Silva (Spain) – 15

 

The UEFA European Championship Final Tournaments Top Scorers

We have 2 top scorers in EURO final tournaments: Michel Platini and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both players scored 9 goals each.

Platini played in only 1 EURO in 1984, scoring 9 goals in 5 matches.

On the other side, Cristiano Ronaldo played in 4 EUROs (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and the 5th one is ahead, setting 9 goals in 21 matches.

Alan Shearer is in the 3rd place, with 7 goals in 9 matches. He participated in 3 EURO final tournaments (1992, 1996, 2000).

Find the advanced list of the EURO top scorers below.

 

 

# Player Team Goals Matches EUROs played
1
Michel Platini France 9 5 1984
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 9 21 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
3 Alan Shearer England 7 9 1992, 1996, 2000
4
Antoine Griezmann France 6 7 2016
Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands 6 8 2004, 2008
Patrick Kluivert Netherlands 6 9 1996, 2000
Wayne Rooney England 6 10 2004, 2012, 2016
Thierry Henry France 6 11 2000, 2004, 2008
Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden 6 13 2004, 2008, 2012, (2016)
Nuno Gomes Portugal 6 14 2000, 2004, 2008
11
Savo Milošević FR Yugoslavia 5 4 2000
Marco van Basten Netherlands 5 9 1988, (1992)
Milan Baroš Czech Republic 5 11 2004, (2008), (2012)
Jürgen Klinsmann West Germany, Germany 5 13 1988, 1992, 1996
Fernando Torres Spain 5 13 (2004), 2008, 2012
Mario Gómez Germany 5 13 (2008), 2012, 2016
Zinedine Zidane France 5 14 (1996), 2000, 2004

 

 

Top Scorers by Tournament

 

Year Player(s) Goals Scored Matches Played
1960
Milan Galić
2
2
François Heutte 2
Valentin Ivanov 2
Dražan Jerković 2
Viktor Ponedelnik 2
1964
Dezső Novák
2
1
Ferenc Bene 2
Jesús María Pereda 2
1968 Dragan Džajić 2 3
1972 Gerd Müller 4 2
1976 Dieter Müller 4 2
1980 Klaus Allofs 3 3
1984 Michel Platini 9 5
1988 Marco van Basten 5 5
1992
Dennis Bergkamp
3
4
Tomas Brolin 4
Henrik Larsen 4
Karl-Heinz Riedle 5
1996 Alan Shearer 5 5
2000
Savo Milošević
5
4
Patrick Kluivert 5
2004 Milan Baroš 5 5
2008 David Villa 4 4
2012
Alan Dzagoev
3
3
Mario Mandžukić 3
Cristiano Ronaldo 5
Mario Gómez 5
Fernando Torres 5
Mario Balotelli 6
2016 Antoine Griezmann 6 7

Find more regarding the top scorers here.

EURO Teams Stats

The most European championship final tournaments’ matches played Germany: 49.

The most goals scored Germany – 72. Germany also set the most victories (26).

Below find the list of teams by most scored goals in UEFA EURO finals tournament by tournament.

1960 – Yugoslavia 6
1964 – Spain, Russia, Hungary 4
1968 – Italy 3
1972 – West Germany 5
1976 – West Germany 6
1980 – West Germany 6
1984 – France 14
1988 – Netherlands 8
1992 – Germany 7
1996 – Germany 10
2000 – France, Netherlands 13
2004 – England, Czech Republic 10
2008 – Spain 12
2012 – Spain 12
2016 – France 13

 

 

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