The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who returned to Manchester United in the summer transfer window from Juventus, has made more history for his country
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the international record for men of all time by scoring Portugal’s first opener in the World Cup qualifier with the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo showed off his fabulous robbery instincts when he scored 1-1 at the Estadio Algarve in the 89th minute, making history. He would have added a half-time winner as Portugal beat the visitors 2-1.
The 36-year-old has now scored 111 international goals, and is the most productive player to ever win men’s international football.
The goal of making history
Ronaldo’s big moment comes in the 89th minute, with the Portuguese star already missing a chance earlier in the game.
The newly signed Manchester United star had a chance to break the record from the spot in the first half, but was denied by 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
His big moment, however, could not be held forever, as Ronaldo scored a header from a Goncalo Guedes assistant in the 89th minute.
Then, in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Ronaldo added a winner with another header, securing a 2-1 victory for Portugal.
Ronaldo equaled Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-2 draw against France in the Euro 2020 group stage earlier this summer, and has now surpassed the Iranian legend.
The Juventus superstar led the German big Miroslav Klose as the player with the highest score in the European Championship and World Cup competition (21) after scoring the prop, and recorded his 110th and 111th strikes against the Republic of Ireland in his 180th game for his country.
Ronaldo is also at 14 the highest scorer in the history of the Euros, and he is the only player who has ever played and scored in five consecutive matches at the tournament.
Ronaldo’s overall career record
Ronaldo’s staggering performances in the last third for Portugal helped strengthen his position as one of the greatest players of his generation.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also won two trophies with his country, including Euro 2016, but his achievements at club level are probably even more impressive.
Ronaldo has scored 674 goals in 894 games for Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, and has yet to show any signs of slowing down, although he has progressed in the late 30s.
The Portuguese striker lifted 30 club trophies, including seven league titles and five Champions League crowns, with a doubles match between Suppercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia concluding his last campaign in Italy with the Bianconeri.
He shocked the football world by concluding a surprise return to United on the deadlinewho ended his three-year stay at Juve, and is expected to continue delivering the goods in the final third at Old Trafford during his two-year contract.