Budapest – AFP
Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo continued his hobby of breaking records when, on Wednesday, he equaled the record for the number of international goals recorded in the name of Iranian Ali Daei, with his double against France (2-2) in the last round of the group stage of the European Cup in football, raising his yield to 109. Goals.
Since his debut with “A Seleção” in 2003, Ronaldo has accumulated a series of international matches (178 so far), fairly good performances in the final rounds, goals after goals even equaling the record of the former Iranian star, which he achieved between 1993 and 2006 .
A historic moment celebrated in front of the stands filled with fans at the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
The 36-year-old Portuguese star, who has never scored against France in his previous six matches, scored two goals from penalty kicks (31 and 60), raising his score to five goals in the current edition of the Continental Cup after his double against Hungary in the first match (3-0). And his goal against Germany (4-2) in the second round.
Ronaldo was the top scorer with two goals ahead of his former partners, Polish Robert Lewandowski, Dutch Georginio Wijnaldum, Swede Emil Forsberg, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Czech Patrick Shaik.
Ronaldo consolidated his position as the historical top scorer in the continental championship with 14 goals, and the first European player in the history of the World Cup and European Cup to score 21 goals in the two competitions, two goals ahead of Germans Miroslav Klose and defender Gerd Muller, and the first player to score more than four goals in the group stage of the competition since the Spaniard David Villa In 2008, Frenchman Michel Platini holds the record with seven goals.
Records, one after another, continue to fall in his favour, in a crazy race he has been waging for years with his biggest rival, Argentine Lionel Messi.
Towards a sixth golden ball?
Becoming the first player to play in five different editions of the European Cup, Ronaldo scored in each of the five editions.
He also set another record at the start of the tournament: by scoring a double against Hungary in the opening match, he became the tournament’s all-time top scorer with the record he shared with Frenchman Michel Platini (9 goals), before raising it today to 14 goals.
His record, which he achieved yesterday, Wednesday, is a new milestone in the international career studded with many achievements, most notably the continental title in 2016 in France and the Nations League in 2019.
In his professional career with clubs, CR7 never stops: he was crowned the top scorer in the Italian league this season (29 goals with Juventus) and also remains the first goalscorer in the history of the Champions League, the prestigious continental competition (134 goals), which crowned five titles times, including four times with Real Madrid.
Budapest – AFP