Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second player in history to reach 100 international goals, after he scored against Sweden in the Nations League on Tuesday night. The Juventus forward achieved this historic feat through a brilliant free-kick into the top corner; giving the goalkeeper no chance of stopping his century. He’s now just nine goals away from the all-time record, held by Iran legend Ali Daei.
The next closest player behind his record is Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari, who played from 1972-1986, with 85 goals, whilst 36-year-old Sunil Chhetri from India, the closest active player to Ronaldo has 72 international goals, two ahead of Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo scored his first international goal in the 2004 Euros opener against Greece. He scored again in the semi-final against Netherlands, although Greece won against them again in the final. The former Manchester United winger became Portugal’s all-time top scorer against Cameroon in a friendly in 2014, after a hat-trick in the World Cup qualifier.