The Portuguese iconic attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo reached the mark in Portugal’s thrilling 2-1 win against Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers, on Wednesday night, where he scored two late goals.
Ronaldo has been bearing down on the record for some time now, having scored his 100th Portugal goal against Sweden in September 2020. The Manchester United player equaled this summer in the Euros after smashing two penalties past France. However, he unfortunately failed to surpass the record in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium in the last-16 of the competition.
Ali Daei notched an incredible 109 goals in 140 appearances for Iran, before retiring from the game in 2006. His record has stood for an impressive 14 years, and not even Lionel Messi or Neymar have come anywhere near it.
“All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” Ronaldo said before he scored twice against Sweden. Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand called the achievement ‘crazy’. Ferdinand said: “Some players don’t even get 100 goals in their whole career.
“This isn’t even about your club goals, this is just the national team. It’s crazy.”
Most official goals scored in history. Most international goals scored in history. Most international goals in a calendar year. Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer. Real Madrid‘s all-time top goalscorer. Europe’s all-time top international goalscorer. Five Ballon d’Ors. Ronaldo is unquestionably one of the greatest footballers of all time.