CR7 Broke 3 More Records Over International Break
Cristiano Ronaldo Broke 3 More Records Over International Break
Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo broke three more impressive records over the recent international break, and equalled another.
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The Portuguese netted a hat-trick in Portugal's 5-1 routing of Faroe Islands, before assisting the only goal in their 1-0 win over Hungary over the course of the international break.
With his triple strike against Faroe, Ronaldo took his overall tally to 78 goals for his national team, one more than legendary Brazilian Pele.
In addition, the 32-year-old took his tally for the current World Cup qualification round to 14 strikes, equalling Pedrag Mijatovic's record for Yugoslavia from 1998, as pointed out by UEFA.
Mijatovic set the record for most goals in a World Cup or UEFA European Championship qualification campaign, but scored seven of his 14 strikes in a 12-1 play-off aggregate win over Hungary.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, netted his 14 strikes in just seven games in Portugal's European qualifying group, bettering the previous record held Northern Ireland's David Healy, who scored 13 times in qualification in 2008 – a record Robert Lewandowski equalled in 2016.
The Portugal captain's hat-trick against Faroe also took him three clear strikes of Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, with whom he shared the record for 29 career World Cup qualifying goals.
Last but not least, Ronaldo has now netted 32 career World Cup goals (in qualification and the actual tournament), moving three clear of Germany's Miroslav Klose, who finished his career on 29 strikes.
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