Cristiano Ronaldo breaks men’s international scoring record with 110th and 111th goals

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football as he hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in their dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.

The 36-year-old scored two late headers – to break and extend the record – after he had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu.

Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006, held the record which Ronaldo equalled with a double against France at Euro 2020.

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The Manchester United forward has also equalled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.

How his international goals have come

What tournaments have they come in?
33 – World Cup qualifiers
31 – European Championship qualifiers
19 – International friendlies
14 – European Championship
7 – World Cup
5 – Uefa Nations League
2 – Confederations Cup

Currently, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner found himself yet again under the spotlight after his decision to leave Allegri’s club for his (much whispered) return to United, after originally signing with the club in 2003. 

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After this transfer, accompanied by a heartfelt message addressed to his former club and Juventus’ fans, the immediate future of the thirty-six-year-old, record-breaking athlete remains guesswork.

What is certain, however, is that Cristiano Ronaldo made history at the Algarve Stadium. His latest accolade has further cemented him as one of the greatest footballers in history.