Ronaldo reaches 100th international goal for Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo became the second male player to score 100 international goals with the first of his two strikes in Portugal’s 2-0 Nations League victory over Sweden on Tuesday.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner brought up his century with a majestic free-kick in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the Nations League.

He then added a second goal to move even closer to the record for the highest international goalscorer of all-time.

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“I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now [I’ll go] for the record. It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way,” Ronaldo said after the match.

The goals marked his seventh in seven matches all-time against Sweden, his most-punished opponent along with Lithuania, against which he has scored seven in just three matches.

Ronaldo made his Portugal debut back in 2003 against Kazakhstan, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory.
He scored his first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 defeat against eventual champions Greece in the group stage of Euro 2004.
Ronaldo won his first international trophy with Portugal when they defeated France 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016, and also helped them to lift the inaugural UEFA Nations League title in 2019.

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Ronaldo has extended his lead over Argentina’s Lionel Messi to 31 international strikes and only Ali Daei of Iran has scored more international goals than the Juventus star.

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