Cristiano Ronaldo sets international men’s goalscoring record
There is a new international men’s top scorer and his name is Cristiano Ronaldo. During Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Ireland, Ronaldo scored two goals in the final minutes to beat Portugal 2-1 and break Iran’s Ali Daei mark.
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Ronaldo’s record goal came in the 89th minute. While Portugal faced a 0-1 deficit, Ronaldo found space in front of the net and scored with his head.
It was Ronaldo’s 110th international goal in 180 games. The 36-year-old made his international debut in 2003 and, alongside Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, is the European champion with the most appearances for his national team.
Minutes later he added to that record. In the last minute of stoppage time, Ronaldo headed another goal to help Portugal win.
Whose record did Ronaldo break?
With his first goal on Wednesday, Ronaldo overtook Daei, who scored 109 goals in 148 international matches for Iran from 1993 to 2006. A great striker known for his header skills, Daei played most of his career in Asia, with a brief and unsuccessful stint in the Bundesliga. He played in two World Cup games and did not score a goal.
Ronaldo has a long way to go if he is to set the all-time international goal record, regardless of gender. The Canadian Christine Sinclair holds this record with 187. Six other women have also scored more international goals than Ronaldo, including the Americans Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Carli Lloyd.