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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 109th international goal to equal world record

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to equal the all-time international goal scoring record as Portugal qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2020 in a thrilling conclusion to Group F on Wednesday.

The Juventus forward was unnervingly accurate with two penalties to earn Portugal a 2-2 draw against reigning World Cup champion France in Budapest.

In doing so, Ronaldo equaled the record of 109 international goals set by Iran’s Ali Daei and with at least another game to come at Euro 2020 the 36-year-old could set a new landmark.




Ronaldo is also Euro 2020’s top scorer with five goals in three games.

He has now scored 14 European championship goals, five more than France legend Michel Platini.

Ronaldo netted his first international goal in a 2-1 loss to Greece in the opening game of Euro 2004 in Portugal, where the hosts later lost to Greece 1-0 in the final.



Daei, nicknamed the ‘Shariar’ (King in Persian), scored a remarkable 109 goals in 149 appearances for Iran between 1993 and 2006, an achievement many thought would never be matched.

Daei has said on several occasions that he would be “delighted” if Ronaldo broke his record, as he believes the Juventus striker ranks among the best three players in history, alongside Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.