Cristiano Ronaldo Reigns as International Goal-Scorer

By Johanna-Rosalye Luna

Cristiano Ronaldo sets the record straight in Portugal on Wednesday night. Literally.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021 the FIFA World Cup qualifiers resumed in Africa and Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo joined Portugal’s national team to face Ireland for a UEFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers match at Estadio Algarve in Almancil, Portugal. Portugal and Ireland make part of Group A for UEFA, which also include Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.

In what has been a tumultuous week for Cristiano Ronaldo in departing Juventus and awaiting an anticipated return to Manchester United, he continues to break records in the world of soccer. As we know Ronaldo is by no means shy of breaking records time and time again no matter the location.

On Wednesday night this was no different in Portugal where Ronaldo went on to make history by breaking the the world record for goals scored in men’s international soccer, surpassing Ali Daei, who held the record with 109 goals. Ronaldo had equalled the record against France at Euro 2020. Ronaldo scored dual goals, 110th and 111th, in a come back win (2-1) against Ireland and breaking the record. Daei and Ronaldo are the only two male soccer players to score over 90 international goals.

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“I’m very happy for the two goals that gave us the victory and for breaking the record. This record is mine and it is unique. I’m extremely happy and it’s another one for my career. It’s about the motivation and the desire I have to continue playing football.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo also equaled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s cap, capturing his 180th with Portugal on Wednesday night. He is currently the top scorer for a football club tournament, in which he has reigned champion five times. In addition, he also hold the title for top scorer in European Championship history, to include the Euro and Worlds Cups.

There is no question about it, there is no stopping Cristiano Ronaldo. At 36 years of age he continues to get better as time goes, more dedicated than ever, hungrier that ever before. We are witnessing history, this is a taste of what’s to come for Ronaldo as he launches a new chapter with Manchester United and on the road to FIFA’s Word Cup 2022 in Qatar.

It seems as if there are no obstacles for Ronaldo when he steps on the field for a match. He breaks record after record in soccer, not only those set by other athletes but also his own. There is no athlete in the world that accomplishes what Ronaldo has in his career. He is in the cusp of breaking additional records match by match.

Don’t lose sight, Ronaldo is history in the making. Greatest athlete of all time.

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