Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks One Record, Extends Another Against Liechtenstein
Former Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo broke a record and extended another in the Euro 2024 qualification match between Portugal and Liechtenstein on Thursday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo who has a difficult 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar was expected to hang his boots in international football after the tournament, but Portugal’s new head coach Roberto Martinez decided to invite him for the international break in March.
Ahead of Portugal vs Liechtenstein Euro 2024 qualifiers on Thursday, Ronaldo had the joint most international appearances in history. He shared the record with Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa on 196 caps.
Hence, an appearance against Liechtenstein would push him a cap ahead of the retired forward. Fortunately, coach Martinez gave Ronaldo the starting shirt which was enough to make him the most capped footballer in international football. He has now played a record 197 times for Portugal.
Ronaldo extends his goalscoring record
Aside from becoming the player with the highest amount of appearances in international football, Ronaldo also marked the special game with two goals as Portugal beat Liechtenstein 4-0.
Following the two goals, the 38-year-old forward who is currently contracted to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr has scored a record 120 international goals.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner who made his international debut in 2003 has the chance to extend his number of caps and goals when Portugal takes on Luxembourg on Sunday, March 26.
Below Are Some Of Ronaldo’s Records That Are Yet To Be Broken:
- Most Champions League goals (140)
- Most Champions League appearances (183)
- Most Champions League wins (5)
- The only player to score in three Champions League finals
- Appeared in most European Championship finals (5)
- Most goals in European Championship finals (14)
- Most Euro and World Cup final goals combined (22)
- Most international goals in world football (120)
- Most international goals in competitive fixtures (100)
- The first player to score 10 hat-tricks in men’s international football