Cristiano Ronaldo came close to becoming the all-time top international scorer as he was on the scoresheet in Portugal’s last game.
The captain scored his 104th international goal as he swept Israel in Portugal’s last game before Euro 2020.
Iranian Ali Daei scored 109 goals in 149 caps during his career before retiring in 2006 and the record is a record for 35-year-old Ronaldo.
Speaking in 2019 when he scored the No.99 goal for Portugal, he said: “All records have to be broken and I will beat that record.”
Ronaldo, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016 and the Premier League of Nations in 2019, now has 104 goals in 174 appearances.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward is close to matching Daei’s record and has the chance to close the gap when Portugal start their Euro 2020 campaign next week. They will face Hungary, Germany and France in Group F and are expected to reach the round of 16.
All-time top international scorers
Ali Daei, Iran: 109 goals in 149 caps
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal: 104 goals in 174 caps
Ferenc Puskas, Hungary: 84 goals in 85 caps
Kunishige Kamamoto, Japan: 80 goals in 84 caps
Godfrey Chitalu, Zambia: 79 goals in 111 caps
Hussein Saeed, Iraq: 78 goals in 137 caps
Pelé, Brazil: 77 goals in 92 caps
Portugal threw the gauntlet at their Euro 2020 rivals with a dominant 4-0 victory over Israel.
Ronaldo’s strike came two minutes after Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes broke the deadlock as he finished Joao Cancelo’s low cross from the right.
Cancelo made it 3-0 with a cut before unleashing a breathtaking effort with his left ankle.
And the victory came full circle in stoppage time when Fernandes shot the ball beautifully into the upper left corner.
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