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A star of elite football since 2003, record man Cristiano Ronaldo keeps making headlines in recent days after confirming his return to Old Trafford for a second spell with Manchester United. The Portuguese now stole the limelight on FIFA day by adding a new record to his extensive list of honors.
As if the records of top scorer in Champions League, Euro Cup, Club World Cup, Real Madrid were not enough for him, the Madeira native also became the top scorer at the international level. That was when Portugal faced Ireland in the European qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by reaching 111 international goals after a hat-trick.
🏆 He beat Iran’s Ali Daei
With his first goal against Ireland, Cristiano beat the legendary Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran and held the record for 15 years since his retirement in 2006.
Ronaldo equaled Daei’s mark on 23 June when he scored against France in a European Championship group stage match.
Two months after that equalling goal, the Portuguese is now top of the list of top international goalscorers and it seems highly unlikely that any player will ever be able to take his place away from him.
It is worth remembering that Ali Daei claims to have 111 goals for Iran, but FIFA does not count two goals scored for his country’s Olympic team.
Precisely for this reason, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the top international goalscorer in history as of last Wednesday, Sept. 1.
🏅 National team Top scorers
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 111 goals
2. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia): 86 goals
4. Férenc Puskás (Hungary): 84 goals
5. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan): 80 goals
6. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia): 79 goals
7. Hussein Saeed (Irak): 78 goals
8. Pelé (Brasil): 77 goals
9. Sándor Kocsis (Hungary): 75 goals
10. Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait): 75 goals
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⚽ Other goal records with CR7 signature
Champions League: 134 goals
That’s 14 more than second-placed Lionel Messi and he also holds the record for top scorer in a single edition (17 in the 2013-14 season).
Eurocup: 14 goals
He is also the athlete with the most matches in the history of the tournament (25) and the only one to participate in 5 editions.
Club world cup: 7 goals
Tied with Pelé. He was champion with Manchester United (2008) and Real Madrid (2014, 2016, and 2017).
Real Madrid: 450 goals
Ten years at the Santiago Bernabéu were enough to break Raúl’s record of 324 goals.
Portugal team: 111 goals
Record holder for hat tricks in international games (9). Has scored against 43 different teams, as well as in 9 consecutive tournaments (from Euro-2004 to Euro-2020).
Total 785 goals in 1.075 matches
CR7 is the only player in history to have at least 50 goals in the English, Spanish and Italian championships, in addition to having scored alone more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons (from 2010-11 to 2015-16).
👕 “Ronaldo 7” shirts sales record
Cristiano Ronaldo has just broken another record in the Premier League 2021/22 season. This time for the fastest-selling shirt in Premier League history. Before even kicking a ball for Manchester United, the sales of the shirts with number 7 have soared so fast that Adidas is struggling to keep up with the demand, and will not be able to ship before 1st October.
As for his debut, it will be on 11 September in the Manchester United-Newcastle clash.
Now in his new second spell at Manchester United, the Portuguese will try to continue breaking records and be able to retire in a grand style.
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