Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football as he hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in a thrilling 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old, whose return to Manchester United from Juventus was confirmed on Tuesday passed Ali Daei who scored 109 international goals, after equalling the Iranian great’s record tally during Euro 2020.
The Manchester United forward had missed a penalty in the 15th minute before John Egan gave Ireland a half-time lead. However,he equalised in the 89th minute with a header, before outjumping the Irish defence again in the sixth minute of added time.
He has also equalled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.
He said: “I’m so happy, not only because I beat the record, but for the special moment that we had.
“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.”
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).
He has netted 33 times in the final 15 minutes – including twice against the Irish – and 22 times between the 61st and 75th minute.