This summer, the fun and excitement of a major international tournament returns with Euro 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal to glory despite injury and is one of a number of greats to write his name into the glittering history of the Euros since they were introduced in 1960.
There have been plenty of other legends who have graced the famous competition over the past 60 years, and the biggest names in the sport’s history have played host to some of the greatest games ever witnessed.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look back at the ten best games ever played at the Euros since its inception all the way back in 1960…
Portugal head into Euro 2020 as defending champions after beating France in the 2016 final
10) Netherlands 2-0 Soviet Union (Euro 1988 final) – Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
Going into Euro ’88, Holland were the nearly men of European football on the international stage. Despite their best efforts, they still hadn’t won an international honour.
At club level, Ajax won three European Cup titles in a row between 1971 and 1973, with a core of Dutch players, starring the legendary Johann Cruyff, playing a pivotal role.
The Dutch national team were denied by the brilliance of Gerd Muller and Germany in the 1974 World Cup final and the brilliance of Diego Maradona and Argentina in the 1978 World Cup final.
They lost the 1974 final at the Olympiastadion in Munich, but they weren’t to be denied at the same venue 14 years later when Holland had their next core of generational stars featuring the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman, Gerald Vanenburg and Ruud Gullit – the man who opened the scoring in the ’88 final.
But the leading light in the Dutch class of ’88 was Marco Van Basten, he’s a football god and was as important to Holland in the 80s as Cruyff was in the 70s.
Gullit set the Dutch on their way in the first half, but his strike partner produced a bolt from the blue in the second when he scored arguably the best goal ever scored.
Van Basten struck Arnold Muhren’s lofted cross-field ball sweet on the volley before his right-footed effort flew into the top corner from a tight angle.
It’s perhaps the most iconic moment in European Championship history.
Marco van Basten produced the spectacular as Netherlands beat Soviet Union 2-0
9) France 4-5 Yugoslavia (Euro 1960 and the first ever European Championships game) – Parc des Princes, Paris, France
FRANCE 4-5 YUGOSLAVIA
France goals: Vincent 12, Heutte, 43, 62, Wisnieski 53
Yugoslavia goals: Galic 11, Zanetic 55, Knez 75, Jerkovic 78, 79
It’s fair to say that the Euros have been a very successful tournament since they were first introduced, but they’ve always had a lot to live up to.
The very first game in European Championship history was a match between France and Yugoslavia in Paris, and it was a…