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Ronaldo reaches 100th international goal for Portugal

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.

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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