Ronaldo Becomes First European Player To Score 100 International Goals
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has become the only second men’s player to ever reach 100 international goals.
Ronaldo reached the milestone just before half-time of Tuesday’s Nations League match against Sweden after scoring free-kick from outside to give his side the first goal of the game.
But it does not end there as Ronaldo scored his 101st goal, as the forward netted a nice strike from outside the box in the 72nd minute, that give Portugal the desired 2-0 win in the game.
The 35-year-old is the second men’s player to have scored 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran.
Ronaldo had scored 57 goals from a direct free-kick in his career as a footballer while 10 out of the goals are for his country, Portugal.
Portugal are looking to defend their Nations League title, having won the inaugural competition last year when they defeated the Holland 1-0 in the final.
Ronaldo helped lead his Portuguese side to that final in June, having netted a hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-final in a 3-1 win.
Ronaldo would see his side fall to Greece in the Euro 2004 final, but he has gone on to lead Portugal to major honours in the form of Euro 2016 and the inaugural Nations League title in 2019.
On individual records, Ronaldo has established himself as one of the game’s all-time greats in a club career that has seen him represent Sporting CP, Portugal, Manchester United, England, Real Madrid, Spain and now Juventus in Italy.
In addition to numerous trophies with his club sides, Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.