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 most matches played and top scorers 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.

 

 

#PlayerTeamGoalsMatchesEUROs played
1
Michel PlatiniFrance951984
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal9212004, 2008, 2012, 2016
3Alan ShearerEngland791992, 1996, 2000
4
Antoine GriezmannFrance672016
Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands682004, 2008
Patrick KluivertNetherlands691996, 2000
Wayne RooneyEngland6102004, 2012, 2016
Thierry HenryFrance6112000, 2004, 2008
Zlatan IbrahimovićSweden6132004, 2008, 2012, (2016)
Nuno GomesPortugal6142000, 2004, 2008
11
Savo MiloševićFR Yugoslavia542000
Marco van BastenNetherlands591988, (1992)
Milan BarošCzech Republic5112004, (2008), (2012)
Jürgen KlinsmannWest Germany, Germany5131988, 1992, 1996
Fernando TorresSpain513(2004), 2008, 2012
Mario GómezGermany513(2008), 2012, 2016
Zinedine ZidaneFrance514(1996), 2000, 2004

 

Top Scorers by Tournament

 

 

YearPlayer(s)GoalsscoredMatches
played
1960
Milan Galić
2
2
François Heutte2
Valentin Ivanov2
Dražan Jerković2
Viktor Ponedelnik2
1964
Dezső Novák
2
1
Ferenc Bene2
Jesús María Pereda2
1968Dragan Džajić23
1972Gerd Müller42
1976Dieter Müller42
1980Klaus Allofs33
1984Michel Platini95
1988Marco van Basten55
1992
Dennis Bergkamp
3
4
Tomas Brolin4
Henrik Larsen4
Karl-Heinz Riedle5
1996Alan Shearer55
2000
Savo Milošević
5
4
Patrick Kluivert5
2004Milan Baroš55
2008David Villa44
2012
Alan Dzagoev
3
3
Mario Mandžukić3
Cristiano Ronaldo5
Mario Gómez5
Fernando Torres5
Mario Balotelli6
2016Antoine Griezmann67

Find more regarding the top scorers here.

EURO Teams Stats

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

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

Below find the list of teams by most scored goals EURO 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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