Portugal’s national team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has become the most capped men’s player in international football after making his 197th appearance.
Ronaldo broke the record after playing for Portugal against Liechtenstein in their Euro 2024 qualifying match on Thursday, March 23rd, 2023.
He was tied with Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa on 196 appearances before he was named in new Portugal boss Roberto Martinez’s first squad since taking charge of the Euro 2016 champions.
Ronaldo, 38, celebrated his record-breaking night with a brace in Portugal’s 4-0 win at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
The Al Nassr striker was denied the chance to break the record at the World Cup in Qatar as Portugal crashed out in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 defeat to Morocco.
Ronaldo holds the men’s world record for most international goals with 120. He broke retired Iran striker Ali Daei’s 109-goal record in 2021 and has scored eight goals since, including one at the World Cup last year that made him the first men’s player to score at five separate World Cups.