Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with Iran’s Ali Daei for the most international goals in the history of world football. Ronaldo scored his 109th goal for Portugal on Wednesday night, the 36-year-old netting a brace of penalties in his country’s final Euro 2020 group stage match against France in Budapest, Hungary.
After Danilo had been caught by Hugo Lloris’ attempt to punch the ball clear at a free-kick, Ronaldo stepped up to send the Tottenham goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards and make it 1-0 on half-an-hour.
His former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema scored twice, including a spot-kick of his own, either side of half-time to put the world champions in front at the Puskas Arena.
But Ronaldo was given the chance to drawl Portugal level again on the hour mark following a Jules Kounde handball inside the area.
And he did just that, finding the back of the net for his 109th goal for Portugal and his 755th career strike for club and country.
That saw him move level with Iranian icon Daei, who managed his incredible 109-goal return return between 1993 and 2006 inside just 149 appearances for his nation.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, is on five goals in three games alone at Euro 2020 after his double against France.
His brace moves him comfortably clear of Patrik Schick, Emil Forsberg, Romelu Lukaku, Gini Wijnaldum and Robert Lewandowski, who are all tied on three goals.
Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of Hungary and again in a 4-2 defeat to Germany.
Thanks to his France double, Juventus centre-forward Ronaldo is now the European all-time top goalscorer at major tournaments with 21 goals, surpassing Germany legend Miroslav Klose.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker has scored at more World Cups and European Championships than the entire country of Poland since he was born, such is his prolific record.
Ronaldo’s 109 goals have come in 177 caps, having made his debut for his country in August 2003 aged 18.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will hope to add to his record in the knockout stages of the Euros with Portugal going through third in Group F.
That sets them up against Belgium, while France will play Switzerland and Germany will take on England.
Ronaldo’s tally of five goals in the group stages is the second most ever scored by a single player at this stage of the tournament.
Michel Platini’s tally of seven, in 1984, was the only time in the history of the Euros that one player has scored more in the groups.
Ronaldo already broke records earlier at Euro 2020 in the win over Hungary as he became the first player ever to score at five different European Championships.
His 10th and 11th Euros goals against the Hungarians made him the all-time leading scorer in the competition’s history, although he has since extended that tally to 14.
At club level, meanwhile, Ronaldo could again be on the move this summer with it rumoured United could look to re-sign him. Barcelona and PSG are other clubs linked.
Published at Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:23:00 +0000