Ronaldo equals Ali Daei’s record with 2 goals against France in Budapest


Christiano Ronaldo at the double against France as he equals Iran’s Ali Daei record for most international goals

Christiano Ronaldo has added his name to the history books once again with his two goals against France in Budapest.

The Portuguese Captain came into the match with the record for most international goals within reach. Needing two goals to equal the record held by Iran’s Ali Daei, he stepped up to the billing to add his name to the privileged class.

A 31st minute penalty took him within a goal of equalling the record. The goal also took his team to the cusps of a last 16 berth in the tournament.

Following Karim Benzema’s two goals that took Portugal out of the competition momentarily, Ronaldo won another penalty and expertly beat Hugo Loris for the second time in the game. That goal took him level with the record holder for most international goals with both men now tying on 109 goals.

Ronaldo’s journey to this number started in Euro 2004 when he scored his first international goal against Greece in a group stage match on 12th June. It took him 178 games including 9 major tournaments to reach the milestone.

He leads the scoring chart for the Euros 2020 with 5 goals from 3 games and now looks set to eclipse the hallmark of Ali Daei to stand in a class of his own as the Euros progresses.

His record includes playing in five UEFA European Championships, four FIFA World Cups, one FIFA Confederation Cup and one UEFA Nations League and scoring in all of them.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United goal poacher has also scored nine hat-tricks in the process, the first coming in September 2013 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland and the last of those coming against Lithuania in November 2019 in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

By: Clifford Adumbire |


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