Cristiano Ronaldo became the second man to score 100 international goals, hitting the landmark for Portugal in Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s goal was also the 57th of his career from a direct free-kick and the 10th in his nation’s colours.
On this occasion, Ronaldo also thanked his colleagues, coaches and staff. He posted on his Instagram and his Twitter “Thank you to all my colleagues, coaches and staff of the national team who helped me achieve this historic mark”.
CR7 becomes the first man from Europe to score 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei, for Iran, who scored 109 Goals. Ronaldo reached this 100 goals milestone in 165 appearances. For his country, Ronaldo scored the first goal at the UEFA Euro 2004 at the tender age of 19. And now 16 years later he becomes the top goal scorer for Portugal.
Ronaldo has six international hat tricks and has scored seven goals in the FIFA World Cup stage and another nine at the UEFA Euros in his career. Even though Ronaldo failed to win the UEFA Euro 2004 final, he has gone on to lead Portugal to major honours in the form of UEFA Euro 2016 and the inaugural UEFA Nations League title in 2019.