Cristiano Ronaldo became the 2nd man to score 100 international goals, hitting the landmark for Portugal in Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League match vs. Sweden.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese striker scored a brace against Sweden in a 2-0 away Nations League win.
The 35 year-old is only the second men’s player to reach 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran.
Ronaldo’s goal was also the 57th of his career from a direct free-kick and the 10th for Portugal.
The Portugal champion posted on Instagram: “Huge pride in this historical goal for our national team!
“When they tell me I can reach 100, I say it’s not enough…101 goals for Portugal.”
Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was full of praise for the superstar after Tuesday’s game, saying that the veteran can still make the difference in any match.
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“We know that [with Ronaldo] it is easier to reach the goal,” Fernandes said. “He has a nose for goal and can solve a game at any time.
“That was what happened before half-time, in a free-kick situation. Just yesterday he had six or seven like that in training and today he did the same.
“It’s great to have Cristiano. He makes any team stronger.”
Ronaldo had to wait 10 months to reach the 100-goal milestone, with his last international strike coming in November 2019 against Luxembourg.
The forward had netted a hat-trick in the previous match against Lithuania to take his total to 98.
The coronavirus put a halt to the champion’s pursuit of 100 goals, however, with Portugal’s match against Croatia last week their first since the Luxembourg fixture.