Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Euros & Robbie Keane’s scoring record after a four-goal haul as Portugal thrashed Lithuania.
Below is the full match highlight of Portugal Lithuania breathtaking game:
It was another record-breaking night for Cristiano Ronaldo, despite Robbie Keane’s endeavours to drive him away for not reaching the margin.
The Juventus forward is now the top scorer in European qualifiers history, he netted four times for Portugal in their 2020 European Championships qualifier against Lithuania on Tuesday night.
Ronaldo, who has 25 goals in European qualifiers, he netted his 90th, 91st, 92nd and 93rd goals of his international career in Lithuania, netting a penalty for a handball provoked by Joao Felix just after seven minutes in the first half before adding three more after the break.
He scored three goals in 15 minutes in the second half that saw him break European qualifying goalscoring record set by former Republic of Ireland striker Keane with 23, William Carvalho scored another in the 92nd minute as Portugal secured all three points to book the second spot in their group, behind Ukraine.
It was Ronaldo 54th career hat-trick and eight for his country.
Before the match, Keane urged Ronaldo to “leave this one” after denoting that the five-time Ballon d’Or holder was two goals away from his record.
“I think you have enough records, Cristiano!” Keane joked on Instagram.
However, following his scoring against 150th various team for club and country, there was no hindering on Ronaldo netting his eighth international hat-trick and stealing the spotlight.
Ronaldo has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record in men’s football and is also the first European to score 90 goals for his country.
The 34-year-old is the top scorer in European Championships, he has scored 34 goals entirely- including nine in final matches, which is also a joint-record with Frenchman Michel Platini.
Those goals attained in four consecutive tournaments – 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 – with one in the semi-final victory over Wales during Portugal’s 2016 European title-winning campaign three years ago.
No other European has scored more goals in competitive international fixtures, with Ronaldo scoring 72, including the first goal and a hat-trick in the Nations League Finals when he put three past Switzerland in the last four in June this year.
And his tally of 30 goals in European World Cup qualifying is another record.
Ronaldo has scored more goals with his head (25) than with his left foot (22) and in the 61 matches he has scored in, Portugal has gone on to lose just five of them, winning 51.
Surprisingly, aside from penalty shootouts – Ronaldo has never scored against European giants France, Germany, Italy and England.
He has scored five goals against Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Sweden – more than any other nation.
Ronaldo is on a mission of breaking Ali Daei goals record of 109 for his country that made him all-time top international scorer and he hopes of closing the 16 goals gap separating them during the upcoming international breaks.
He still has couples of records left to break which are:
- Most goals in men’s internationals (Ali Daei, 109)
- Most goals in men’s World Cup finals (Miroslav Klose, 16)
- Most goals scored in overall World Cup qualification (Carlos Ruiz, 39)
- Most goals scored in a World Cup tournament (Just Fontaine, 13)
- Most goals scored in a single European Championship qualifying campaign (David Healy & Robert Lewandowski, 13)
- Most consecutive matches at the European Championships with at least one goal (Michel Platini, five)
- The fastest goal at the European Championships (Dmitri Kirichenko, 67 seconds)
Iran’s Ali Daei, who participated within 1995 and 2007, is the only player in men’s football to have outscored Ronaldo on the international stage, his tally of 109 goals in all matches, including friendlies, is 16 more than Ronaldo’s 93 in 160 features.
A former Iran captain, Daei played as a striker for German clubs Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC, before moving to the United Arab Emirates.
In 1996, Daei scored 20 goals in 18 international appearances and he also netted double figures in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
By the end of the 1996 Asian Cup, he had scored 29 goals in 38 appearances for Iran and he was at the top of the scoring tables at the end of the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign.
In November 2004, he scored four goals against Laos in a World Cup qualifier and became the first male player to score a century of goals in international competition.
|All-time top scorers in men’s international football|
|Player (country)||Goals scored|
|Ali Daei (Iran)||109|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)||93|
|Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)||83|
|Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan)||80|
|Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia)||79|