– We knew that the game was quite complicated. That’s football. Conditions are those. It was a record I really wanted to break – Cristiano Ronaldo said in an interview for the official broadcast at the end of the match.
The first goal came in the 43rd minute of the second half. In a cross from the right to the area, Cristiano Ronaldo used one of his specialties. He climbed higher than the defender and headed hard in the corner. Shortly after, in stoppage time, at 50, in a very similar move, he took off more than everyone else in the area to test the ball for the net. Victory and guaranteed records.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates goal against Ireland — Photo: REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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It may seem like heresy to remember, but CR7 could have hit the mark much earlier in the game. On minute nine, Bruno Fernandes took advantage of an error in Ireland’s short goal kick and, when he had the domain, was knocked down in the area. Penalty that took about five minutes to be taken, with a review on the VAR screen next to the field and Cristiano Ronaldo slaps O’Shea for the pout that the opponent gave the ball posted on the mark to provoke. At 14, the idol charged hard, but goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu flew and saved.
. After missing the penalty, I was a little sad, with my head down. But that’s football, believing until the end – said Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Cristiano Ronaldo takes penalty for Portugal against Ireland — Photo: REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
Iranian Ali Daei, however, has an advantage over the Portuguese ace: he needed 149 games to reach 109 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo equaled him with 179 matches and surpassed him with 180.
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Division by competitions and friendlies in 180 games
This amount of presence on the field for the national team is another mark that the idol pursues. This Wednesday, CR7 managed to catch up with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos and Ahmed Mubarak, from Oman, both still active. The record belongs to the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan, with 184 matches between 1995 and 2021, and Bader Al-Mutawa, from Kuwait, second on the list with 181 and who can still increase the count.
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World football icon and newly hired by Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is a record collector. In addition to being the player with the most games and goals for the Portuguese national team, well ahead of Pauleta (47) and Eusébio (41), he is also the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid (450 goals), in the Champions League (134 goals) and the Euro Cup, with 14.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal’s goal over Ireland — Photo: REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
Among the national teams of its continent, it also surpasses by far the second and third place in the ranking of top scorers, Puskás, representing Hungary and Spain, with 84, and the Hungarian Kocsis, with 75.
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