Cristiano Ronaldo Reaches 100 International Goals for Portugal; Becomes Only The Second Men’s Player To Reach The Milestone
Portugal Ronaldo Reaches 100 international goals! – Historical!!!
Cristiano Ronaldo reaches 100 international goals for Portugal becoming the second men’s player to reach a century for his country after Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran.
The 35-year old Portuguese captain reached the milestone just before half-time of Portugal’s Nation’s League encounter against Sweden on Tuesday night, striking a free-kick from outside the box to score the first goal of the night.
He becomes the second men’s player ever to reach 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei of Iran, who scored 109 for his nation.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick goal was also the 57th of his career from direct spot and 10th for the Selecao.
The Portuguese ace had to wait 10 months to bag the milestone, with his 99th international strike coming in the November of 2019 against Luxembourg. Meanwhile, he had scored a hat-trick in a previous match against Lithuania to reach a total of 98 Portugal goals.
Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic was the primary reason why Ronaldo’s pursuit of 100 international goals was put to a temporary halt, with Portugal playing their first game since the Luxembourg fixture last week against Croatia, a 4-1 victory.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to sit out from the match due to a toe infection. But his absence seemed unnoticed as the host cruised to victory.
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On the other hand, Portugal is looking to defend their Nations League title, which they won the inaugural competition last year when they recorded victory against the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo was at it again at that time, having helped his country reach the final with his hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-final 3-1 win.
Ronaldo, who is 35 years old today, scored his first international goal at the age of 19 at Euro 2004. Along the line in his career, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has gone to surpass the likes of Eusebio and Pauleta to become Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer. Now the sensational attacker has more than doubled previous record-holder Pauleta, who has netted 47 times for Portugal.
Since their heartbreak on home soil in the Euro 2004 final to Greece, the Portuguese captain has led his nation to major honors in the form of Euro 2016 and the inaugural Nations League title in 2019.
Ronaldo represents the Italian side Juventus on club level, after establishing himself as one of the game’s all-time greats in clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid.
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