Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for men’s international football goals with his two goals in the dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.
The Portuguese scored two late headers, which broke and extended the record to 111 goals. The previous record was held by former Iran player Ali Daei who scored 109 goals between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo equalled that record with his brace against France at this years European Championships. Ronaldo and Daei are the only men who have scored more than 90 goals for their national teams.
With his 180th cap for Portugal, the 36-year-old also equalled former teammate Sergio Ramos European record for men’s caps. In the press conference after the match, Ronaldo said that he is very happy that he broke the record and appreciates what the team did in the game against Ireland. The former Juventus player also holds the records for top scorer on European Championships and EURO’s and World Cup’s combined.
Cristiano will be looking to continue his fine form for Manchester United as well, as he rejoined the Red Devils on the deadline for this summer’s transfer window.