Cristiano Ronaldo equals international goalscoring record

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo equaled the goalscoring record in men’s international football as his brace in Portugal’s Euro 2020 draw with France took him to 109 goals.

Ronaldo was already one among only two men with a century of goals to his name and now sits alongside Iran’s Ali Daei atop the all-time list.

Here, the PA press agency takes a statistical check out the Portugal star’s scoring record.

How he compares

  • 109 – Ali Daei, Iran; CRISTIANO RONALDO, Portugal
  • 89 – Mohamed Mokhtar Dahari, Malaysia
  • 84 – Ferenc Puskas, Hungary/Spain
  • 79 – Godfrey Chitalu, Zambia
  • 78 – Hussein Saeed Mohammed, Iraq
  • 77 – Pele, Brazil
  • 76 – Ali Mabhkout, United Arab Emirates
  • 75 – Sandor Kocsis, Hungary; Kunishige Kamamoto, Japan; Bashar Abdullah, Kuwait

Ronaldo’s first 50 goals came in 114 caps, with 59 in 64 since including his second half-century at a goal a game. His total of 178 games to succeed in his record total compares to 149 for Daei.

He is an extended way beyond subsequent players on the all-time list – historical data are often patchy but the reputable Rec Sports Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) lists former Malaysia international Mohammed Mokhtar Dahari in third place on 89, followed by Hungary great Ferenc Puskas on 84.

Godfrey Chitalu follows with 79 for Zambia, another than Hussein Saeed Mohammed for Iraq, with Pele next on 77 for Brazil, and Ali Mabhkout with 76 for the United Arab Emirates as different nations respective opposition makes for an unusual list.

The RSSSF lists Sandor Kocsis, Puskas’ long-term team-mate within the ‘Magical Magyars’ line-up of the 1950s, on 75 alongside Kunishige Kamamoto of Japan and Kuwait’s Bashar Abdullah. Ronaldo’s long-term rival Lionel Messi is 13th with 73 goals in 145 Argentina caps.

Competitions

Competitions

Portugal’s qualification campaigns for World Cups and European Championships have accounted for over half Ronaldo’s goals, with 31 in Euro qualifiers and therefore the same number in World Cup preliminaries after netting against Luxembourg in March.

He has 14 in European Championship finals tournaments, including three as Portugal won the 2016 tournament in France and five during this summer’s group stage.

His hat-trick against Spain helped him to four at the 2018 World Cup and 7 in total in his appearances at the tournament, after his three previous World Cups brought him only one goal apiece – against Iran in 2006, North Korea in 2010, and Ghana in 2014.

Ronaldo has five in two Nations League campaigns and scored twice at 2017’s Confederations Cup, together with his remaining 19 international goals coming in friendlies.

Opponents

Lithuania and Sweden are on the receiving end of most Ronaldo goals – seven, after he scored fourfold against Lithuania in Vilnius and three within the return in Faro during Euro 2020 qualifying.

He has six against Luxembourg, Hungary, and Andorra and five each against Latvia, Armenia, and Sweden and has scored against 44 different international opponents altogether, having added Germany and France thereto list within the last week.

His total against Andorra also includes a four-goal performance, in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while he has further hat-tricks against Northern Ireland, Sweden, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Spain, and Switzerland and has scored twice during a match against Hungary on three separate occasions.

Other than that treble against Northern Ireland in qualification for the 2014 World Cup, his only goal against the house nations came against Wales at Euro 2016.

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