Cristiano Ronaldo Has Won More UEFA Trophies Than Any Other Player

After captaining Portugal to the Nations League on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo is now officially the most decorated player in UEFA competitions.

Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the Champions League, has won Europe's premier club competition on five occasions and followed it with three Super Cup victories.

And having won his second international tournament following on from the long-awaited Euro 2016 success in France, Ronaldo is now the only player to win 10 UEFA trophies - achieving a feat the likes of Paolo Maldini, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta haven't managed.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The 34-year old scored a hat-trick to sink Switzerland in the semi-finals before Goncalo Guedes' solitary goal was enough to beat the Netherlands on home soil.

There's a direct correlation between Ronaldo's major international competition debut in 2004 and Portugal's improved fortunes in European tournaments.

The Portugal captain and talisman was overjoyed to have won the Nations League on home soil and predicted a bright future for the national team.

"A lot of happiness! It was excellent, I'm very happy," Ronaldo said after Sunday's win over the Netherlands.

"Having won this trophy here in Portugal in front of the Portuguese people, for me this is a great honour.

"As I said before, I'm very happy to win here. The Portuguese people deserve it. They've supported us right from the start of the two matches, against Switzerland and today, and this trophy is for all of them. It doesn't belong to the national team but all of Portugal.

"The national team will continue, with or without Cristiano. I think the team has great potential. There are young players, players who over the years will become more mature and better.

"I want to be part of this project because I feel good and I feel able to help the national team. But, as I said, I think the national team has the potential to continue to evolve and win more trophies."

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