Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European to surpass the 100-goal mark in international football. He reached the milestone in the UEFA Nations League match against Sweden. Ronaldo scored a brace as Portugal beat Sweden 2-0 to stay atop League A, Group 3.2.
Cristiano Ronaldo made history in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Sweden, as the legendary footballer became the first European to score 100 international goals with the first of his two goals in the UEFA Nations League.
The reigning champions on Tuesday visited Sweden with their captain Ronaldo back in the squad after the 35-year-old Juventus forward missed their opening Nations League match due to a toe problem three days earlier.
The veteran opened the score by firing a freekick before the break, then added a second by curling home from the edge of the penalty area in the 73rd minute.
“I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now for the record (109),” said Ronaldo, who is only outscored by Iran’s Ali Daei with 109 international goals. “It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way.”
It’s the second straight victory for Portugal as they had defeated Croatia 4-1 at home last Saturday. They will visit France in October for their third match in Group 3.
Ali Daei is the all-time men’s top goalscorer and a former Iranian football player who holds the record for the most goals in international men’s football, with 109 goals in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006. His achievement listed in Guinness World Records.