Manchester United bound Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football Portugal’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.
The 36-year-old scored two late headers to hit his 119th and 111th goals for Portugal – to break and extend the record – after he had a penalty saved by Championship side Portsmouth on loan goalkeeper from English Premier League champions Manchester City Gavin Bazunu.
Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006, held the record which Ronaldo equalled with a double against France at Euro 2020.
The Manchester United forward has also equalled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.
The world record – only ratified by Fifa this summer – is the 195 Malaysia caps won by Soh Chin Ann between 1969 and 1984.
Ronaldo, who rejoined United from Juventus on deadline day, and Daei are the only two male players to score 90 or more international goals.
He is already the top scorer in club football’s top tournament, the European Cup/Champions League, a trophy he has won five times.
The former Real Madrid forward is also the top scorer in European Championship history (14) and in Euros and World Cups combined (21).
Almost half of Ronaldo’s goals have come in the final 30 minutes of games.
He has netted 33 times in the final 15 minutes – including twice against the Irish – and 22 times between the 61st and 75th minute.
Ronaldo has scored 17 times between minutes 16-30 and 16 times between 31-45, with 11 in the opening 15 minutes of the first half and 12 in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Some 91 of his goals have been inside the box with 20 from outside. He has scored 14 penalties and nine free-kicks.
Lithuania and Sweden – seven each – are the sides he has scored the most against. He had not scored against the Republic of Ireland before Wednesday’s game in the Algarve.
How his international goals have come
What tournaments have they come in?
33 – World Cup qualifiers
31 – European Championship qualifiers
19 – International friendlies
14 – European Championship
7 – World Cup
5 – Uefa Nations League
2 – Confederations Cup