Cristiano Ronaldo breaks men’s international scoring record

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football.

The Marksman hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal.

He scored in their dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.

The 36-year-old scored two late headers to break and extend the record.

He scored the two goals after he had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu.

Ali Daei scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006.

Daei held the record which Ronaldo equalled with a double against France at Euro 2020.

The Manchester United forward has also equalled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.

The world record – only ratified by Fifa this summer – is the 195 Malaysia caps won by Soh Chin Ann between 1969 and 1984.

Ronaldo, who rejoined United from Juventus on deadline day, and Daei are the only two male players to score 90 or more international goals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo words after breaking the record

Ronaldo and Daei are the only two male players to score 90 or more international goals.

“I’m so happy, not only because I beat the record, but for the special moment that we had,” Ronaldo said.

“Two goals at the end of the game. I have to appreciate what the team did, we believed until the end. I’m so glad,” he added.

This is the latest landmark to push the argument for the Portuguese to be considered an all-time great.

He is already the top scorer in club football’s top tournament, the European Cup/Champions League, a trophy he has won five times.

The former Real Madrid forward is also the top scorer in European Championship history (14) and in Euros and World Cups combined (21).

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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