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Ronaldo's 100th International Goal Halted By Coronavirus

On a day when Cristiano Ronaldo should have been turning out for international duty with Portugal, the global superstar's hopes of scoring his 100th goal for his country have instead been halted by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Prior to the suspension of football activities around Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak, Portugal had been scheduled to face Belgium in an international friendly today in preparation for their 2020 UEFA European Championship campaign, which has also since been postponed. 

The fixture against the world's current highest-ranked nation would have afforded Ronaldo, who has 99 goals for Portugal, the opportunity to become only the second player in football's history to reach a century of goals at international level, after Iran's Ali Daei.

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While there is no guarantee that Ronaldo would have reached the milestone against Belgium to begin with, the Juventus star boasts a favourable record against the Western European nation, having netted three goals against them in previous encounters. 

Instead, as with most people around the world, the 35-year-old has been forced into self-isolation and will have to wait until at least May and June's friendly matches against Slovenia, Spain and Malta to break the record, assuming these fixtures are not also postponed or cancelled. 

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The outbreak of the coronavirus, and the subsequent postponement of Euro 2020, has also come as a blow to Portugal's hopes of retaining their European crown, with Ronaldo and other key members of the squad all aged in, or approaching, their mid-30s.

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