Ronaldo 2nd Among European All-Time Record Scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo 2nd Among European All-Time Record Scorers
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo closed the gap further on Europe’s all-time top scorer during the recent international break, and is now just three goals behind the leader.
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The 33-year-old netted a brace in injury-time after Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring for Egypt in Portugal’s 2-1 over the African side last week, and those two goals saw the Los Blancos talisman climb into third spot among the top international goalscorers worldwide.
However, he was unable to add to his tally in A Selecao's 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Monday, drawing his first blank after scoring in nine successive games for club and country.
Ronaldo, though, did take his overall tally for Portugal to 81 strikes during the international break, and only legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas is ahead of him in the European all-time ranking.
Puskas scored 84 goals in 89 appearances for Hungary between 1945 and 1956, while Ronaldo scored his 81 in 148 games since debuting for Portugal in 2003. He has since netted against 34 different nations, but never against European giants France, Spain, Germany, Italy or England, as pointed out by UEFA.
Ronaldo did find the back of the net in 56 games for the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners, and saw his side win 47 of them, while drawing four and losing just five of the games in which he scored.
Portugal will still face Tunisia, Belgium and Algeria before kicking off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Spain.
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