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Euro 2016: 5 all-time European Championship records that were broken

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gabor Kiraly and co. broke 5 all-time European Championship records in Euro 2016.

Portugal
Portugal created history in Euro 2016

Even without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo for the vast majority of the final, Portugal did enough to beat France and claim Euro 2016, their first major international trophy. In doing so, they became the 10th team to win the tournament and the first new winner since 2004, when Greece did to Portugal what the latter did to France to create heartbreak for the hosts.

However, Portugal's historic triumph wasn't the only record that was broken in the tournament. While Renato Sanches becoming Portugal's youngest goal scorer in a major tournament and Tomas Rosicky becoming the oldest Czech Republic player to appear in the Euros were records that were created, there were some all-time records that were broken as well.

Here are 5 all-time European Championship records that were broken:


Oldest player at a European Championship

Gabor Kiraly
Hungary’s keeper broke a 16-year-old record

Prior to the tournament, Germany's Lothar Matthaus would have been resigned to the fact that his record of being the oldest player to play in a European Championship game is going to be broken after 16 years. And so it turned out as Hungary's Gabor Kiraly took the record as he played a part in his country's journey to the Round of 16.

Prior to the tournament, it was going to be a battle between two 40-year-old goalkeepers in Republic of Ireland's Shay Given and Hungary's Gabor Kiraly. However, the former didn't play any part in the tournament and remained on the substitutes bench while Hungary's first-choice goalkeeper started every game until the Round of 16 clash against Belgium.

Kiraly also became the first 40-year-old to play in the tournament's history, beating the previous record of 39 years and 91 days set by Matthaus, when he took part in Euro 2000.

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