Arda Güler breaks long-standing Cristiano Ronaldo record as ‘Turkish Messi’ scores incredible goal in Euro 2024 win over Georgia


Arda Güler breaks Cristiano Ronaldo record, the midfielder for Real Madrid scored his first goal of the European Championships from a distance. He lined it up from a distance with his left foot, and the ball soared into the top corner, leaving Georgian custodian Giorgi Mamardashvili scrabbling at thin air. It was an incredible strike.

Arda Güler breaks Cristiano Ronaldo record

Arda Güler breaks Cristiano Ronaldo record
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Güler, who is 19 years and 114 days old, is the youngest player to score in the competition on his debut. Up till now, Cristiano Ronaldo has held the record. He scored against Greece at the 2004 European Championship at the age of 19 years and 128 days. There’s a new name at the top now, and it took an amazing strike to make history.


Güler hasn’t simply had an exceptional season as a player for his nation. He has also performed well at Real Madrid, where he has six goals in ten La Liga games.

Throughout the majority of the campaign, he has had to cover for Jude Bellingham due to injuries, but in Jude Bellingham’s absence, the young Turk has shown promise.

Güler is among a group of young players at Euro 2024 who are incredibly skilled. These players include Jude Bellingham, an England midfielder and club teammate; Lamine Yamal, a record-breaking winger for Spain; and Florian Wirtz, a German player who is the youngest ever to score for his country at the Euros.

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With his goal, Güler, who is 19 years and 114 days old, dethroned Ronaldo as the youngest player to score on his Euro debut.

Portugal vs Turkey on Saturday in Dortmund looks to be a fascinating matchup because Güler and Ronaldo, two of their teams’ top offensive players, are playing at different stages of their careers.

Güler looks likely to be at the heart of that charge. A deep run in Germany would be quite the story for a player who, not all that long ago, was working as a ball boy for the national team.
“Of course, I know his quality,” Portugal forward Diogo Jota told reporters on Friday when asked about Güler’s performance against Georgia. “He is a great quality player like he showed us with an amazing goal.”


Güler, who shone in Turkey’s first-ever loss in Group F at Euro 2024, has a strong chance of advancing to the tournament’s knockout stages. His team can challenge any team if he continues to play as well as he did at Dortmund.