Stockholm: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal in their Nations League clash away to Sweden on Tuesday, joining Iran’s Ali Daei as the only male players to score 100 goals or more in international soccer.
The 35-year-old forward made no mistake when presented with a free-kick just before halftime as he took a short run-up and unleashed a powerful dipping effort that flew beyond Olsen’s despairing fingertips and just under the crossbar.
🇵🇹 100 goals for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first man in history to score 100 goals for a European country in international football. pic.twitter.com/RzfQFU5RqE
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He struck again in the 72nd minute, drifting in from the left before once again curling a dipping shot, this time to Olsen’s left, to put Portugal 2-0 up.
Ronaldo scored his first goal for the national side in Euro 2004 against Greece. He needs eight more goals to equal Daei’s record of 109 international goals.