Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Ronaldo destined to become international football’s greatest scorer ever

He might be 34, but the Juventus striker is showing no signs of slowing down for his country with a huge record in his sights
When Cristiano Ronaldo is at his free-flowing best, there is simply no stopping him in front of goal - something Lithuania found out the hard way on Tuesday night when the star attacker bagged four goals in a 5-1 win for Portugal . 

The haul on Tuesday saw him add another record to his list.

With 25 goals scored, he has now become the all-time leading goalscorer in European Championship qualifiers.

"This is the clear and irrevocable proof that he is the best player in the world," Portugal coach Fernando Santos claimed post-match. 
 
 


Bringing up his eighth international hat-trick in the process, Ronaldo also increased his tally of goals for his nation to 93 to leave him within touching distance of a record many thought would never be broken.  

Iranian striker Ali Daei, who won a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in 1999, scored a remarkable 109 goals across 149 games for his country and that feat has long left him with the most international strikes by a single player.  

Ronaldo, however, is now hot on Daei's heels and it's hard to see the Juventus star not claiming a record that would literally make him the greatest scorer of all time - on the international stage at least.  

Against Lithuania on Tuesday, the 34-year-old proved his age is a hurdle he'll be capable of leaping over for a few years to come as he effortlessly found the back of the net four times.  





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