Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time record goalscorer in mens international football
Ronaldo the record-breaker
A return to Manchester United was once the highlight of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s summer…until tonight. The iconic Portuguese forward writes his name into the history books once again, becoming the all-time record goalscorer in men’s international football.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest scoring international player of all-time! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TWMTrzpBf9
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His 110th goal, finally taking him past iconic Iranian striker Ali Daei, takes him to a height that may not ever be equaled or surpassed in football, and 34-goals ahead of active duo Lionel Messi and Ali Mabkhout (both on 76), the only other two players in the top-ten currently playing.
It was a typically headed effort by the Funchal-native, who rose highest in the center of the penalty area before heading in the equalizer to draw Portugal level at 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier and delivering in yet another crucial moment; a habit across the entirety of his career.
And Ronaldo was not done there. Just minutes later, Ronaldo headed in another in the dying seconds of stoppage time to complete his brace, netting his 111th goal for his country and bagging all three points on a night where Portugal looked destined to lose in front of the home support in Algarve.
A career for the ages
The story told where Sir Alex Ferguson purchased Ronaldo from Sporting CP after he single-handedly decimated the Red Devils in a pre-season friendly will always be debated, but few could have thought that the pimple-faced youthful technician would have made the ever-lasting impact on football to a global scale that he has achieved.
He would take the Premier League by storm, offering up one memorable moment after another; a showman befitting the most glamorous theatre in England’s footballing landscape.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, if there was any club he could have gone to that was not United, it was Real Madrid. The greatest club in European football now possessed a player who would surge forward amidst a rivalry for all time with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, while writing his legend with the studs of his boots rather than a pen in his hand.
Like his great rival Messi, Ronaldo has long since reached hallowed ground in the world of sport – not just football – alongside names like Pélé, Puskás, Müller, Maradona, Robinson, Jordan, James, and Bryant.
His crowning achievement would undoubtedly be helping Portugal to their first major international honor at Euro2016 when they defeated host-nation France in the final in Paris. That achievement already wrote him into Portuguese lore as the nation’s greatest-ever footballer, ahead of the likes of Eusebio, Luís Figo, Rui Costa, and Ricardo Carvalho.
As his book has yet to close, his final chapter has surely begun at the same place where his journey truly began. No matter your opinion on who is the greatest player of all time, there is no argument that can be levied to deny Ronaldo being in the conversation. Football would not be the same without him.