Century for Cristiano! Ronaldo becomes just second player EVER to score 100 international goals as Juventus star reaches landmark with a sublime free-kick in Portugal’s Nations League clash with Sweden… before adding another to move to 101
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored his landmark 100th and 101st international goals
- The superstar scored a sublime free kick before later adding a second
- His second was almost as special as he struck a brilliant side-footed effort
Cristiano Ronaldo became just the second player ever to score 100 international goals with a sublime free-kick against Sweden before later adding his 101st.
The Juventus superstar was stuck on 99 since November but finally broke the duck in trademark spectacular fashion.
It looked as though he would have to continue his wait after struggling with injury, but the captain started the game and emphatically struck from distance to put his side ahead on the stroke of half time.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a landmark 100 international goals with a sublime free kick
After Sweden’s Gustav Svensson was dismissed for second yellow card, he stepped up to rifle the free-kick into the top left corner.
His second in the 72nd minute was almost as spectacular, with the 35-year-old picking up the ball from Joao Felix to open his body up and bend a strike past goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
His 100th goal was a trademark stunning free-kick into the top left corner just before half time
His second was a similarly sublime side-footed effort to put Portugal 2-0 up against Sweden
Iran’s Ali Daei still holds the record for the most international goals, with an incredible 109 from 149 caps.
Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United were quick to congratulate their former star, saying ‘Congratulations to Cristiano on a century of international goals for Portugal’.
Ronaldo is 14 goals ahead of Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari in third, with Lionel Messi the nearest high-profile player on 70 goals for Argentina.
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