Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football as he hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in their dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old scored two late headers after he had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu.
Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006, held the record which Ronaldo equalled with a double against France at Euro 2020.
The Manchester United forward has also equaled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.
The historic moment, one that was being eagerly looked forward to since the commencement of the tournament.
“I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had,” Ronaldo said. “Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did. We believed until the end.”
The Portuguese forward, who has recently signed with Manchester United, had a frustrating start to the match as he missed to convert a penalty in the 15th minute. Ireland took the lead in the 45th minute with defender John Egan putting the ball behind the back of the nets.
But Irish fans suffered a heartbreak as Ronaldo’s late heroics saved the match for his team.