Players with the Most Appearances in EURO History

As we approach the excitement of Euro 2024, it's time to look at the players who have made the most appearances in the history of the European Championship. These footballers have not only shown remarkable consistency but have also become legends in their own right. In this article, we delve into the top five players with the most appearances at the Euros and explore how their performances have etched their names into the annals of football history.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Unchallenged King of the Euros

25 Appearances

Cristiano Ronaldo sits atop the list with an incredible 25 appearances at the European Championships. Since making his debut in 2004, Ronaldo has been a driving force for the Portuguese national team.

  • Debuted at Euro 2004 as a teenager.
  • Record-holder for the most goals at the Euros.
  • Participated in five Euro tournaments and is poised for his sixth at Euro 2024.

Ronaldo's international career spans three decades. He remains a dominant figure and is expected to extend his record at the upcoming Euro 2024.

Pepe: The Indomitable Defender

19 Appearances

Pepe, who recently celebrated his 41st birthday, continues to be a stalwart for Portugal. With 19 appearances, all as a starter, he stands among the most experienced players in Euro history.

  • Debuted in 2008 and has been a crucial player ever since.
  • Played a key role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph.
  • Likely to add to his tally at Euro 2024.

Despite his age, Pepe continues to perform at the highest level and remains a key player for his team both on and off the pitch.

João Moutinho: The Tireless Midfielder

19 Appearances

João Moutinho shares second place with 19 appearances, six of which were as a substitute. Although he didn't make Portugal's squad for Euro 2024, his career remains impressive.

  • Debuted in 2008, participating in four Euro tournaments.
  • Crucial part of Portugal's 2016 victory.
  • Currently playing in the Portuguese top league for SC Braga.

Moutinho’s international career spans four European Championships, and he continues to be a celebrated figure in Portuguese football.

Leonardo Bonucci: The Italian Rock

18 Appearances

Leonardo Bonucci has been instrumental in Italy's success over three Euro tournaments. With 18 appearances, he has played a pivotal role in defending Italy's honour.

  • Debuted in 2010 and has represented Italy in three Euro tournaments.
  • Euro 2020 champion with crucial performances in the final.
  • Announced retirement just before Euro 2024.

Bonucci’s career has been marked by both triumphs and struggles, including a pivotal equalizer in the 2020 final that secured his legacy.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: The German Warrior

18 Appearances

Bastian Schweinsteiger, synonymous with German resilience, has 18 Euro appearances to his name. His contributions helped Germany reach the later stages of the tournaments.

  • Debuted in 2004, participating in four Euro tournaments.
  • Key figure in Germany reaching the 2008 final and the 2012 and 2016 semi-finals.
  • Concluded his international career with a lasting legacy.

Schweinsteiger’s performances at the Euros have earned him a permanent place in European football lore.

What Do These Records Mean for Euro 2024?

As Euro 2024 approaches, these records set the benchmark for future generations. Will we see new players raise the bar even higher? Which current stars will continue to build on their records?

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe are top contenders to extend their records.
  • Emerging talents could surprise us and make history.

Football fans eagerly await what Euro 2024 will bring, not just in terms of new records, but also unforgettable moments and performances.

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Date published: 12-06-2024 | Date updated: 12-06-2024 | Author: Patrick de Graaf

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