EURO 2016 | PORTUGAL

Cristiano overtakes Figo to become Portugal's most-capped player

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Portuguese record, gaining his 128th cap against Austria in Euro 2016's Group F on Saturday.

Cristiano overtakes Figo to become Portugal's most-capped player
MIGUEL MEDINA AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record with the Portugal national team tonight, gaining a record 128th cap against Austria in the team's second Euro 2016 outing.

He overtakes the previous record holder - former Portugal great Luis Figo and pulls level with other former stalwarts on the international stage - ex-Holland goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar and former France defender Lilian Thuram who both represented their countries 128 times.

Cristiano was very close to setting another record at Parc des Princes but was denied by the woodwork when his 78th-minute penalty struck the base of the post with goalkeeper Robert Almer beaten; had it entered, he would have become the first player to score in four European Championship tournaments.

He will have a second chance to do that, and to extend his appearances record, when Portugal play the third and final group game on Wednesday against Hungary.