Published on September 03, 2021 3:32 p.m.
“Thanks to Guinness World Records. Always good to be recognized as a world record holder.”
LONDON (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals scored in international soccer matches (men), 111, has been recognized by Guinness World Records.
He broke the all-time international goalscoring record of 109 previously held by Iranian Ali Daei.
“Thanks to Guinness World Records. Always good to be recognized as a world record holder. Let’s keep trying to get the numbers even higher! Ronaldo said in a thank you message.
The Manchester United striker scored twice in the dying minutes to rise to 111 international goals as Portugal came from behind to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
Ronaldo, the all-time top scorer in the Champions League and top scorer in Real Madrid history, led his country to its only victory in a major tournament at Euro 2016.
The 36-year-old has spoken of his pride after his latest milestone.
“Of all the records I’ve broken in my career – and luckily there have been a few – this one is very special to me and it’s definitely on the shelf of accomplishments that really make me feel proud, ”Ronaldo said in an Instagram post.
“Scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like those we experienced today in the Algarve, moments of global union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens around the world. For them, every sacrifice in it’s worth it.”
Ronaldo will not increase his score during the current international break, having left the Portugal squad on Thursday.
He is suspended for next week’s qualifying game against Azerbaijan after being cautioned for removing his top as he celebrated the winning goal against Ireland.
The Portuguese football federation said it had been “exempted” from playing this friendly weekend with Qatar, host of the World Cup.
Ronaldo became the first player to compete in five European Championships at this year’s Euro 2020, winning the Golden Boot.
And he could equal the record for five World Cups if Portugal travels to Qatar next year.
The five-time Ballon d Or winner, who secured a return to United from Juventus this week, has hinted that he has no plans to retire from international football in the near future.
“Thank you Portugal. Thank you to all my teammates and opponents for making this trip so unforgettable,” he added. “Let’s continue to meet in the field for years to come! I’m not closing the account just yet.”
Portugal will face Qatar in a friendly on Saturday before traveling to Azerbaijan on September 7.
Thanks to Ronaldo’s rescue in the Algarve, Fernando Santos’ men lead Group A in the European qualifiers, three points ahead of Serbia, who are one game less.