In a twist and turn of event, Cristiano Ronaldo sets new international goal record scoring the only two goals that saw the Portuguese team claim victory in the opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers against Ireland.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a penalty during the game but went ahead to score two goals for his national team, making him the only player to have scored the most goals for the national side.
Ronaldo has scored the most goals for the country moving ahead of Ali Dae’s record of 109 goals on national duty.
During the game, the Irish squad seemed likely to emerge winners. They were leading with a lone goal after Ronaldo missed a penalty kick at the early minutes of the first half. Despite, being exhausted, Ronaldo came from behind to score an equalizer and a decider towards the end of the second half to seal a victory for the Portuguese national team.
It will be on record for Young goalie Gavin Bazunu of the Irish national team for being able to deny Ronaldo a historic record from the spot.
A Twitter handler @TimelineCR7 tweeted ” He missed the penalty and they thought it was over. Ireland scored after that.
Cristiano Ronaldo does what he does best. Came up clutch and made his team win the game all alone”.
The Goal that broke the all-time record for Cristiano Ronaldo came after the half-time break. It was an assist from Gonçalo Guedes. The World greatest footballer of all time scored with a header to give his team a ray of hope.
However, to further prove that at 36-years he still has the goal-scoring instinct intact in him, he converted a cross from Joao Mario to seal the victory for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo sets New International Goal Record – Breakdown
Cristiano Ronaldo’s international goals:
- Total goals: 111
- Right foot: 58
- Left foot: 25
- Head: 28
- Inside box: 90
- Outside box: 21
- Free-kicks: 10
- Penalties: 14
- Hat-tricks: 9