Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 109th goal for Portugal. It is in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 game against France. After this goal Ronaldo is equal to former Iran striker Ali Daei’s all-time international record.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo is the leading scorer in European Championship history. He converted his second penalty of the game in Budapest. After that goal, he matches the record in his 178th international appearance.
Ronaldo is the first player ever to appear at five editions of the tournament. Also, he has scored five times in three Group F games.
The Juventus striker has now scored 14 European Championship goals. He scored five more than French great Michel Platini. Platini netted nine times when he led France to glory in 1984.
Ronaldo netted his first international goal against Greece. There they lost 2-1 in the opening game of Euro 2004 in Portugal. Also, the hosts later lost to Greece 1-0 in the final.
About Daei Record:
Daei whose nicknamed the ‘Shariar’ (King in Persian). He scored a remarkable 109 goals in 149 appearances for Iran between 1993 and 2006. It was an achievement many thought would never be matched.
Daei has said on several occasions that he would be “delighted” if Ronaldo broke his record. As he believes the Juventus striker ranks among the best three players in history, alongside Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.
“Records are made to be broken,” Daei told Khabar Online news agency in 2018.
“Ronaldo has the qualities to do it. I have a lot of respect for him. He is such a great player that it isn’t even necessary to sing his praises.
Ronaldo will face Belgium:
Although the great performance from Ronaldo, Portugal managed to rank 3rd in the group. Portugal’s defense is not at its best. Moreover, they’re round of 16 opponents in Belgium. Belgium is currently ranked number 1 on UEFA’s list.
Belgium has a dangerous striking force with Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne is on the hot form. It will be an interesting match to watch for every Football fan. Both the team has great potential to qualify for quarter-finals.
Also, it is very tough for Belgium because they are going to face Ronaldo with Bernardo and Jota. We can expect a goal-fest in that match.
Also, we should remember that Ronaldo is just one goal away to hold the record for the most number of goals in International Football.