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A look at 4 international football records held by Cristiano Ronaldo

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2.37K   //    25 Apr 2019, 22:31 IST

Despite not being surrounded by a world class team, Ronaldo has had considerable success with Portugal.
Despite not being surrounded by a world class team, Ronaldo has had considerable success with Portugal.

It is common knowledge that Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated club football during his career, whilst playing at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Although it must be admitted, his club career has been greater than his international career, and this can be largely explained by Portugal not being a world class squad, when compared to the likes of Spain, Brazil, Argentina, France etc.

Despite this sad reality for Ronaldo, he has achieved great things with Portugal and even led them to their first ever international trophy in 2016 at the European Championships.

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken and set many records in club level football, but he also set some impressive international records as well.

Here's a look at 4 of his international football records:


#4 Most International Goals scored by a European Player

During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 4 goals in 4 games, before his side was ultimately defeated by Uruguay in the Round of 16.

Whilst this was a great disappointment for the Portuguese, as the World Cup is the only trophy left for him to win in football, there was at least some positives to take.

Going into the tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo's personal goal tally for Portugal was 81 goals, which was incidentally 3 behind Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas who held, up until that point, the record for most goals scored by a European player.

With this record in sight, Ronaldo did what he always does, and scored 4 goals in as many games to take his tally to 85.

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Due to this, Ronaldo has now usurped this record from Puskas and is now the all-time European top goalscorer.

Furthermore, he has scored the most international goals by an international player, and is also second on the all time list, 24 goals behind the top spot.

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