The Euro Cup is one of the biggest events after the World Cup. Every 4 years all European countries come together and fight for this prestigious award. Many big names such as David Beckham to Iker Casillas have a number of appearances and graced through this UEFA European Championship tournament. Representing the national team is one of the player’s biggest achievements. So let us have a look at Players With The Most Number Of Appearances In The Euro Cup.
Here is the list of the top 5 players who have the most appearances after Euro 2020 –
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 25 Matches
One of the names is the greatest player of this modern generation, Cristiano Ronaldo. Back in 2004, a hot prospect teenage boy took part in the tournament after his excellent performances at Manchester United which promised him a starting position in the national team. Since then he carried on to play, guiding his team to the finals in 2016 and adding the trophy to his team’s cabinet.
#2.João Moutinho (Portugal) – 19 Matches
Another name also comes from the Portuguese National Team. He was selected as a part of the 23 man squad for the 2008 Euro. Moutinho during the 2012 Euro Cup played all matches and minutes before missing a penalty in the semi-finals against Spain. He carried on to represent his National side and finally emerged victorious in 2016.
#3. Pepe (Portugal) – 19 matches
Pepe is one of the names that have been showing up in every UEFA European Championship tournament since 2008. HE has been a regular starter of the national side playing as an RB. And has been performing consistently for the team throughout the tournaments. He was also a part of the winning team in Euros 2016, who was named the Man of The Match. His performances were noticed while helping the team to defend and keep a clean sheet against France.
#4. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) – 18 Matches
The Italian colossal center back who became a regular starter for the national team took part in the Euro 2012. Helping his side to reach the finals before losing 0-4 to the defending champions Spain. Since then he has represented his team in the upcoming tournaments. In Euro 2020 he was appointed as the captain of the team and helped them to glory. He became the oldest player to score in a Euro final when he headed the equalizer in the 67th min against England.
#5. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – 18 Matches
One of Germany’s midfield powerhouse Bastian Schweinsteiger has been an integral part of the national side since 2004. He has been an important part of the team scoring goals and providing assists and has represented the side in 2008. Where they ended up as runners-up after losing the finals to Spain. He was called up for the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, which was his last European Championship before retiring.