Sport BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo just equalled the all-time international goalscoring record
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Cristiano Ronaldo is now the greatest international goalscorer of all time.
In the pantheon of remarkable records that the Juventus superstar has amassed in his career, there's good reason to think that matching Ali Daei's legendary tally is the best of the bunch.
Coming into Portugal's final Euro 2020 group game against world champions France, it appeared unlikely that Ronaldo would be able to draw level with the record before the knockout rounds.
Besides, for all the teams that Ronaldo has battered and bruised across his international career, the 36-year-old came into the clash without a single goal against France to his name.
Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't stand having Coca Cola in front of him during Portugal presser
Ronaldo and Portugal get their Euro 2020 campaign underway vs HungaryWhile, yes, Ronaldo is generally amongst the finest footballers of all time, we're also saying that the Juventus superstar has been a pioneer in the physical conditioning seen across the sport.
But from the moment that Hungary took a shock lead over Germany courtesy of Ádám Szalai's header, you got the feeling that anything could happen during the final Group F fixtures.
It was an inkling that nothing short of spot on, too, with the first-half between France and Portugal defined by two penalties converted by Ronaldo and Karim Benzema respectively.
Portugal won their spot-kick when Hugo Lloris accidentally struck Danilo with an attempted punched clearance and Ronaldo showed no mistake from 12 yards, selling the goalkeeper the wrong way.
And that's exactly the manner through which Ronaldo joined Daei at the top of the footballing throne, benefitting from a handball decision against France to earn himself another spot kick.
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The Portugal captain removed Coca-Cola bottles from his press conference table ahead of his team's first match for Euro 2020. Cristiano Ronaldo The beverage brand is one of the sponsors of the European Championship, and strategically placed bottles of the soft drink have been seen in numerous press briefings over the past few days. This is hardly a new practice across all sports, but the Portugal and Juventus star did not hesitate to show his displeasure. He immediately removed the bottles away from view and even held up a bottle of water as if to say that it is a better choice.
Did you ever doubt the result? Of course you didn't. Ronaldo. History maker. Legend. Icon. Be sure to check out the moment that the Portuguese penned his name in the record books below:
This player. This game. ????
Watch and listen on the BBC— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD)
Say what you like about the broader GOAT debate, but there's no denying that Ronaldo is in a league of his own when it comes to the international game - and this just proves it.
It's only a matter of time before Ronaldo makes the record his own with a 110th goal for Portugal and you wouldn't put it past him to plough deeper and deeper into unknown goalscoring territory.
And lest we forget that Ronaldo's penalty pair against the world champions also solidified his status as the leading goalscorer at Euro 2020, potentially teeing him up for a maiden Golden Boot at a tournament.
All that and Ronaldo is 36-years-old. It really is his world and we're just living in it.
Ian Wright absolutely savaged Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick record during Belgium 1-0 Portugal .
The Arsenal legend has a point, thoughCristiano Ronaldo's team were defeated 1-0 by Belgium in the Spanish heat, Thorgan Hazard grabbing the only goal of an enthralling last-16 encounter.