Former Iranian international striker Ali Daei hailed Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo for setting the record for the number of international goals, after scoring a double tie against France 2-2 yesterday in Budapest in the last round of the group stage of the European Cup finals in football. Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead (30 from a penalty kick), and his former Real Madrid colleague in Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, responded with a double (45 + 2 from a penalty kick and 47), before the “Don” scored a tie (60 from a penalty kick), raising his score to 109 international goals.
“Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now one goal away from breaking the men’s international goal-scoring record,” Daei said in a tweet on his Instagram account. “I am honored that such a remarkable achievement will go to Ronaldo – a great champion in football and a caring humanitarian who inspires and influences life around the world,” he added.
Ronaldo, 36, scored his 109 goals in 178 matches, while Daei scored in 149 matches for Iran between 1993 and 2006. Daei repeated more than once that he would be happy if Ronaldo succeeded in breaking his record, because he sees the current Juventus striker, Manchester United and the former Spanish Real Madrid among the three best players in the history of the game, along with the Argentines Lionel Messi and the late Diego Maradona.
Ronaldo has the opportunity to break the record next Sunday when he meets his country, the defending champion, who booked his ticket to the final price among four teams that were the best in third place in the group stage, with Belgium first in the world and third in the 2018 World Cup and the leader of the second group at the “La Martoja” stadium in the city of Spanish Seville. Ronaldo tops the list of top scorers in the continental championship, which holds the record for the number of goals in its history (14 goals), with five goals, two ahead of his former partners, Polish Robert Lewandowski, Dutch Georginio Wijnaldum, Swede Emil Forsberg, Belgian Romelu Lukaku and Czech Patrick Shaik.
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