Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice against 10-man Sweden on Tuesday to take him to 101 international goals for Portugal on Tuesday.
The mythical 100-mark was broken on the stroke of half-time of a UEFA Nations League match against Sweden.
The 35-year-old Juventus attacker curled in a free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the far left corner beyond Sweden’s stranded goalkeeper Robin Olsen for a memorable milestone in his trophy-laden career.
The bonus second goal, and his 101st, came in the 72nd minute, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player cutting back inside the Swedish defence and producing a deft finish into the far corner from 20 yards.
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After making his first senior international appearance as an 18-year-old in 2003, Ronaldo notched up his first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 defeat by eventual winners Greece at Euro 2004.
Ronaldo, capped 165 times by Portugal, is second only to Iran’s Ali Daei, on 109, in the list of top men’s international goal scorers.
Incredibly for Ronaldo, just 17 of his 100 goals have come in friendly matches, and his nine hat-tricks all came in Fifa or Uefa tournaments or qualifying games. He holds the records for most goals scored by an European man in competitive internationals (84) as well as the most goals in an international career (101 in 165 matches) by an European man ever (Ferenc Puskas is second with 84 goals in 85 games).
His 100th goal came at a stadium in Sweden which was the scene of a memorable Ronaldo display in the second leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff in 2013.
Ronaldo had scored the only goal in the first leg, and then exchanged goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second.
Ronaldo hit a hat-trick between the 50th and 79th minute while the Swedish star hit two in four minutes in the middle of the outburst. Portugal won the match and the playoff.
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Top international goal-scorers
|Name||Country||Intl Goals||Matches||Goals per match|
|10||Majed Abdullah||Saudi Arabia||72||117||0.62|
Ronaldo's caps and goals by year
Ronaldo's Portugal hat-tricks
|1||6 September 2013||Windsor Park, Belfast||Northern Ireland||3 – (68', 77', 83')||4–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||19 November 2013||Friends Arena, Solna||Sweden||3 – (50', 77', 79')||3–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||13 June 2015||Republican Stadium, Yerevan||Armenia||3 – (29' pen., 55', 58')||3–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|4||7 October 2016||Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro||Andorra||4 – (2', 4', 47', 68')||6–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||31 August 2017||Estádio do Bessa, Porto||Faroe Islands||3 – (3', 29' pen., 65')||5–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||15 June 2018||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Spain||3 – (4' pen., 44', 88')||3–3||2018 FIFA World Cup group stage|
|7||5 June 2019||Estádio do Dragão, Porto||Switzerland||3 – (25', 88', 90')||3–1||2019 UEFA Nations League Finals|
|8||10 September 2019||LFF Stadium, Vilnius||Lithuania||4 – (7' pen., 62', 65', 76')||5–1||UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|
|9||14 November 2019||Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé||Lithuania||3 – (7' pen., 22', 65')||6–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|
Inputs from AFP
Data courtesy: Transfermarkt.com
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