Ronaldo breaks world record, scores 101 goals for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)
Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first European with outstanding performance to reach 100 international goals with first of his two in their UEFA Nations League match in Sweden.

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The Portugal forward had overtaken Ferenc Puskás’s European record of 84 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 35-year-old achieved his century with a free-kick against the Swedes in Solna on 8 September 2020.

Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)
Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)

Iran’s Ali Daei (109) is the only man in world football to have outscored him. (Several women have amassed 100 international goals, with the world record being Christine Sinclair’s 186 for Canada and the European best of 128 held by Germany’s Birgit Prinz.).

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Ronaldo scores first ‘poker’ for Portugal
Europe’s all-time top international goalscorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 101 goals in 165 appearances.

Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 in 137
Gerd Müller (West Germany) – 68 in 62
Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) – 68 in 146
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) – 62 in 116
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 61 in 112
Imre Schlosser (Hungary) – 59 in 68
David Villa (Spain) – 59 in 98
Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 59 in 108
Jan Koller (Czech Republic) – 55 in 91
Joachim Streich (East Germany) – 55 in 102
Wayne Rooney (England) – 53 in 120
Poul Nielsen (Denmark) – 52 in 38
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 52 in 85
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark) – 52 in 112
Thierry Henry (France) – 51 in 123
Hakan Sükür (Turkey) – 51 in 112
Lajos Tichy (Hungary) – 51 in 72
Robin van Persie (Netherlands) – 50 in 102

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How Ronaldo’s international goals have come
Home or away?

Forty-seven of Ronaldo’s strikes have come at home (including at UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal), 39 away and 15 on neutral territory.

Win, lose or draw?

Ronaldo has scored in 66 games, with Portugal going on to win 55 of them. They have drawn five and lost six.

One, two; a one, two, three, four
Cristiano Ronaldo: My Portugal story
Ronaldo has hit nine hat-tricks, including two four-goal salvos. There have been 15 doubles, with the remaining 42 goals coming in single file.

Favourite opponents:

Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Lithuania in November 2019 took his tally against them to seven, a figure which he equalled against Sweden when scoring his 100th and 101st international goals; five goals have come against each of Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Luxembourg, with four apiece versus Estonia, Faroe Islands, Hungary and the Netherlands. He has never struck against France, Germany, Italy or England.

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Top scorer in UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 40
Top scorer in UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 9 (level with Michel Platini)
Scored in most UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 4
Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 84
Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 30
First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick.


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