Goal takes a look at all the records held by Cristiano Ronaldo in international football…
Cristiano Ronaldo went past Iran’s Ali Daei to become the all-time highest international goalscorer with 111 goals in 180 international matches for Portugal. The Manchester United star scored a brace in Portugal’s 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland in the 2022 World Cup European qualifying group game on Wednesday night at the Algarve Stadium in Portugal.
Ronaldo went into the tie as the join-top goalscorer and had a chance to go past Daei’s record in the 15th minute of the match when Portugal won a penalty but Ronaldo squandered the opportunity. The visitors then took the lead in the 45th minute but the Portugal skipper scored twice in the 89th minute and 90+6 minute to seal the tie as well as the record.
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Let’s take a look at all records held by Ronaldo in international football.
1) Most international goals
During the October FIFA international window, Ronaldo has scored four goals in two matches which includes his hat-trick against Luxembourg on Tuesday night which took international goals tally 115 goals, the most a player has scored in international football.
2) Most international goals in a calendar year
In 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 32 international goals for Portugal which is the most by a player in a calendar year.
3) Only player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cups
With his first goal against Spain in Portugal’s 2018 World Cup opener on June 15, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first and the only player in the world so far to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cups.
4) Oldest player to score a hat-trick at a FIFA World Cup
At the age of 33 years and 130 days, Cristiano Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the FIFA World Cup. It was the 2018 World Cup opener for Portugal where Ronaldo scored thrice to help his side hold Spain to a 3-3 draw on June 15, 2018 in Russia.
5) Most different national teams scored against
With his goal against Qatar in an international friendly on October 10, the number of teams Ronaldo has scored at least a goal increased to 45 which is a record in international football.
6) First player to score at five Euros
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in every Euro he has taken part in since Euro 2004 and is the only player to score in five different Euros.
7) Most capped European international
With his appearance against Luxembourg, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the most-capped European international of all time with 182 international caps in his kitty.
8) All-time top scorer at the Euros
Before Euro 2020, Ronaldo was tied with Michel Platini on nine Euro goals as the highest goalscorer in the tournament. He took that record for himself, after scoring five goals in four games. He now has 14 goals to his name at the Euros.
9) Most victories by a player at the Euros: 12
Ronaldo was in a three-way tie for most victories at a European Championship, going into Euro 2020. He was tied on 11 wins with Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. But with Portugal’s win over Hungary in their opening fixture, Ronaldo took the record all by himself.
10) Most international hat-tricks
The Portuguese talisman has so far scored 10 international hat-tricks which is the most by any player in the world. He has scored the most hat-tricks (2 against Lithuania). Iran’s Ali Daei scored eight hat-tricks while Lionel Messi has seven to his name.
11) Only player to score in 10 consecutive international competitions
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player in the world to score in 10 consecutive international competitions, five Euros (2004, 2008, 2012, 2020) and four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018) and European Nations Cup (2018).