It was a night to remember for Portugal and especially Cristiano Ronaldo fans all over the World as the Portuguese skipper became the second-ever footballer to score 100 goals for his country. Adding cherry to the cake, Portugal defeated Sweden in the group stage match of UEFA Nations League by a margin of 2-0 with Ronaldo scoring a brace.
The match was more than just a Nations League encounter as all eyes were on Ronaldo who was on the verge of century in his international goal tally coming to this match. With his free-kick in the dying minutes of the first half, CR7, as his fans call him, became the first European and the second-ever player in the World to reach the 100-goal mark for his country.
Ronaldo went on to score another goal as he curled the ball into the net in the 71st minute taking the tally to 101, 8 behind Ali Daei, who’s scored 109 goals during his career representing Iran. To achieve this, Ronaldo took 165 games.
Making his debut back in 2004, Ronaldo scored his first ever goal in the UEFA Euro 2004. Although, Ronaldo and Portugal failed to win the Euro 2004 finishing second, Ronaldo went on to lead Portugal to the UEFA Euro Cup triumph in 2016 and the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Ronaldo is also the highest goal scorer among the active footballers, followed by Indian forward Sunil Chhetri and Argentinian winger Lionel Messi who are with 72 and 70 goals, respectively.
With Ronaldo expected to continue his career at least until FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, football pundits and experts around the world expect him to break the record of Daei and end up being the highest ever goalscorer in international football.