A Phenomenal Journey: Cristiano Ronaldo's Record-breaking International Goals

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Caption: Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty against New Zealand at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese professional footballer, has achieved remarkable milestones throughout his career. Since his...

Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty against New Zealand at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Caption: Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty against New Zealand at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese professional footballer, has achieved remarkable milestones throughout his career. Since his international debut in 2003, Ronaldo has consistently showcased his exceptional skills, becoming an iconic figure in the sport. Let's reflect on his journey and explore his record-breaking international goals.

A Legend in the Making

Ronaldo made his mark on the international stage on June 12, 2004, during a UEFA Euro 2004 group stage match against Greece, where he scored his first international goal. This was just the beginning of an extraordinary journey that would see him become the all-time leading goalscorer for the Portugal national team.

Breaking Records with Grace

Throughout his career, Ronaldo has shattered numerous records and set new benchmarks. With an impressive tally of 128 goals in 205 appearances, he holds the title of the highest overall men's international goalscorer in history. On September 6, 2013, he achieved his first international hat-trick against Northern Ireland during a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Ronaldo's hunger for goals continued to grow, and he has since scored an astonishing ten international hat-tricks. Notably, he also recorded four international goals in a single match on two separate occasions. His unmatched talent and dedication led him to surpass Pauleta's previous record of 47 goals, ultimately becoming Portugal's all-time leading goalscorer.

Triumphs on the Grand Stage

Ronaldo's prowess has been showcased in twelve major international tournaments, including five UEFA European Championships and five FIFA World Cups. Not only has he scored in each of these tournaments, but he has also left an indelible mark.

After leading Portugal to victory in the UEFA Euro 2016, Ronaldo lifted the trophy as the team's captain. He was also awarded the Silver Boot as the joint second-highest goalscorer of the tournament. This exceptional performance earned him a well-deserved place in the tournament's team of the tournament for the third time in his career.

Unstoppable in Qualifiers and Friendlies

Ronaldo's remarkable goal-scoring ability extends beyond major tournaments. He has scored an incredible 36 goals in FIFA World Cup qualifiers and 41 goals in UEFA Euro qualifiers, making him the first player to score over fifty goals in European qualification matches. Additionally, he has netted 20 goals in friendly matches, showcasing his versatility and consistency.

Unforgettable Matches and Memorable Moments

Throughout his career, Ronaldo has had numerous memorable matches that will forever be etched in football history. One such match was on September 8, 2020, when he scored his 100th and 101st goals for Portugal in a significant victory against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League. This milestone achievement solidified his position as the first European player to reach this remarkable feat.

Notably, Ronaldo surpassed Ali Daei's record to become the leading scorer in men's international football on September 1, 2021, by scoring his 110th and 111th international goals against the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match.

A Legacy That Inspires

Cristiano Ronaldo's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment and passion for the sport. His dedication to excellence has led him to achieve unparalleled success, break records, and inspire future generations.

As we celebrate his remarkable achievements, we witness the legacy of a true champion. Ronaldo's record-breaking international goals serve as a reminder of his extraordinary talent and his undeniable impact on the world of football.

References

Hat-tricks

No. Date Venue Opponent Goals Result Competition

  1. 6 September 2013 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3 - (68', 77', 83') 4-2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
  2. 19 November 2013 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden Sweden 3 - (50', 77', 79') 3-2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
  3. 13 June 2015 Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia Armenia 3 - (29' pen., 55', 58') 3-2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
  4. 7 October 2016 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal Andorra 4 - (2', 4', 47', 68') 6-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
  5. 31 August 2017 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal Faroe Islands 3 - (3', 29' pen., 65') 5-1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
  6. 15 June 2018 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia Spain 3 - (4' pen., 44', 88') 3-3 2018 FIFA World Cup
  7. 5 June 2019 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal Switzerland 3 - (25', 88', 90') 3-1 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals
  8. 10 September 2019 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania Lithuania 4 - (7' pen., 62', 65', 76') 5-1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
  9. 14 November 2019 Estádio Algarve, Portugal Lithuania 3 - (7' pen., 22', 65') 6-0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
  10. 12 October 2021 Estádio Algarve, Portugal Luxembourg 3 - (8' pen., 13' pen., 87') 5-0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Statistics

As of match played 19 November 2023

See also

  • Biography portal

  • Association football portal

  • Portugal portal

  • List of career achievements by Cristiano Ronaldo

  • List of men's footballers with 50 or more international goals

  • List of men's footballers with 100 or more international caps

  • List of men's footballers with 500 or more goals

  • List of top international men's football goal scorers by country

  • List of hat-tricks

  • List of footballers with the most official appearances

  • List of most expensive association football transfers

  • List of Portugal captains

  • List of international goals scored by Eusébio

  • List of international goals scored by Pauleta

Official website Cristiano Ronaldo - FPF competition record List of international goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo - FIFA competition record (archived) List of international goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo at National-Football-Teams.com List of international goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo at BDFutbol

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