The Portugal sensation scored twice in his country’s comeback win over Republic of Ireland to take his international tally to 111 in 180 internationals – and he’s vowed that he’s not finished scoring just yet
Cristiano Ronaldo insists there is plenty more to come from him after his latest record-breaking heroics.
Ronaldo became the all-time leading scorer in international football with two late headers in Portugal’s 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo celebrated his emotional return to Manchester United by taking his tally of goals for Portugal to 111.
“I can’t even start to express myself in words,” said Ronaldo. “I’m not closing the count just yet.
“From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I’m defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of.
“Secondly, because national team competitions have always had a very strong impact in me as I was growing up, watching my idols playing for their flags every other summer in Euros and in World Cups.
“But finally, and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the globe. For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level, that at some point even I started thinking that I might never catch him.
“Congratulations to the ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.
“Thank-you Portugal. Thanks to all my team-mates and opponents for making this journey so unforgettable. Let’s keep meeting inside the pitch in the years to come!”
Ronaldo’s 111 goals have come from 180 caps, his first coming at Euro 2004, in a 2-1 opening group game defeat to Greece, who shocked Portugal by beating them in the final.