‘I really wanted to break this record’

This Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo made history and became the greatest national top scorer of all time, to scoring both Portugal goals in the 2-1 victory over Ireland in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

the ace of Manchester United reached incredible 111 goals for your selection. After the match, he celebrated his feat a lot and admitted that he was a little shaken for having lost a penalty in the 1st time.

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“We knew the game was quite complicated, but that’s football, that’s what emotions are. It was a record I really wanted to break,” the star told TNT Sports.

“After losing the penalty, I was a little sad for 10 minutes, but that’s football. You have to believe until the end. The fans also helped a lot, and in the end, our team’s work prevailed, which sought victory the 90 minutes,” he added.

“Now I want to prepare myself well for the Premier League, which is a very difficult league. Today was my first 90-minute game, I felt a little tired, but little by little things are getting better,” he concluded.

With the two goals this Wednesday, Cristiano surpassed the legendary Ali Daei, who made 109 try for Will, and became the top scorer of national teams in isolation.

Ronaldo, by the way, had tied with Daei on June 23 of this year, when he noted about the France, for the group stage of the Euro Cup.

Now, however, the Portuguese owns the 1st position in isolation, and it seems very unlikely that he will lose that throne one day.

see the top 10 of the top scorers of national teams

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 111 goals
two. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia): 86 goals
4. Férenc Puskás (Hungary): 84 goals
5. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan): 80 goals
6. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia): 79 goals
7. Hussein Saeed (Iraq): 78 goals
8. Pele (Brazil): 77 goals
9. Sándor Kocsis (Hungary): 75 goals
10. Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait): 75 goals

It is worth remembering that Ali Daei claims to have 111 goals for Iran. However, FIFA does not count two goals scored by the country’s Olympic team.

It is precisely for this reason that Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the greatest top scorer of national teams in history as of this Wednesday.


Check out other CR7 records

In elite sport since 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo already boasts records in the Champions League, at european cup, at the Club World Cup and in the Real Madrid, in addition to being the greatest goal scorer in activity in football.

See the CR7 numbers below:

Champions League – 134 goals (14 over Lionel Messi, in 2nd place), with 67 in the knockout. It also holds the record for being the top scorer of a single edition (17 in the 2013/14 season)

european cup – 14 goals. He is also the athlete with the most games in the tournament’s history (25) and the only one to compete in 5 editions

Club World Cup – 7 goals, tied with Pelé. He was world champion by United (2008) and Real (2014, 2016 and 2017)

Real Madrid – 451 goals. It took ten years at the Santiago Bernabéu, enough to pulverize Raúl’s brand, with 324

Portugal Selection – 109 goals. He is also the record holder for hat-tricks in international games (9) and holds records for having scored against 43 different teams and in 9 consecutive tournaments (from Euro-2004 to Euro-2020)

In activity – 783 goals.

Alongside all the marks above, Cristiano Ronaldo boasts two more incredible feats: he is the only player in history to have at least 50 goals in the championships in England, Spain and Italy, in addition to having scored, alone, more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons (from 2010/11 to 2015/16).