Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest ever men’s international goalscorer on Wednesday, netting twice in a 2-1 win for Portugal over the Republic of Ireland.
Before the World Cup qualifiers clash at Estadio Algarve, Ronaldo shared the record with Ali Daei after reaching the 109 mark earlier this year at the Euros and was anticipated to write himself into the history books on his own during this international break.
The Portuguese kept fans on toes right until the end as he missed the early opportunity to make history after seeing his spot kick, won by Bruno Fernandes, saved by young goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu in the 15th minute.
With his country trailing by a goal until the 89th minute, the 36-year-old stepped up, as he often does, to equalise from Goncalo Guedes’ cross followed by a match-winning header in stoppage time.
In the space of seven minutes CR7 grabbed his 110th and 111th goal in 180 games for Portugal.
Not just another record broken, but another record earned.
I think it is really important, whatever it is that you want to achieve in life, that you set goals, so you have something to work towards.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 2, 2021
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 2, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating becoming the top all-time international goalscorer full-time. pic.twitter.com/e7Ege86n1b
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 2, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo 1⃣1⃣1⃣ International goals.
– 59 right foot
– 25 left foot
– 27 headers
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) September 2, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football with 110 goals 👑🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/GjRvDmvWsC
— utdreport (@utdreport) September 1, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo is most clutch player in the history of football. pic.twitter.com/C3Lyr1twP8
— ‘ (@TheShowtimeReds) September 2, 2021
If you score 50 goals for the next 15 seasons, you will 750 career goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 785 career goals. pic.twitter.com/SDrHIpbV9m
— TC (@totalcristiano) September 1, 2021
“I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but also for the special moments that we had, two goals at the end of the game,” he said on Sky Sports.
The iconic moment merited a special celebration, but Ronaldo was booked for removing his shirt to commemorate his late winner. It was his second yellow card in this qualifying campaign, meaning he will have to sit out of Tuesday’s trip to Azerbaijan.
As such, after featuring against Qatar at the weekend, Ronaldo will be well-rested for his second debut for Manchester United, expected to be against Newcastle United on September 11.