Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 112th Portugal goal as they beat Qatar 3-0 extending his record as the top-scoring player in men’s international football. The former Real Madrid and Juventus star player scored the opener from close range in the friendly at the Estadio Algarve and was replaced at half-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo Extends Records, Scores in Portugal Win
The 36-year-old broke Iran striker Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals last month and him scoring now he has added the record. This was Ronaldo’s 181st cap, meaning he has now also overtaken Sergio Ramos as Europe’s most-capped male player.
Malaysian Soh Chin Ann, who retired in 1984, has the world record with 195 and this might be the next record the Ballon d’Or winner will want to break. Jose Fonte bundled in Portugal’s second goal early in the second half.
International debutant Rafael Leao, who replaced Ronaldo, hit the woodwork twice before Andre Silva scored their third in the last minute of the game. Group A only has five teams, and whichever team is not in action plays a friendly against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar.
Portugal were knocked off top spot in qualifying on Saturday as Serbia beat Luxembourg 1-0, with Dusan Vlahovic scoring the only goal.