Cristiano Ronaldo scores 700th goal of his incredible career spanning 976 matches as Juventus superstar notches for Portugal in defeat against Ukraine
- Cristiano Ronaldo had scored his 699th goal against Luxembourg on Friday
- He converted a penalty against Ukraine to take his Portugal haul to 95
- The Portuguese captain joins names such as Romario and Pele in the 700 club
- Prolific forward Ronaldo could soon become the top international goal-scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo took his goal-scoring career tally to an incredible 700 after netting in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat against Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is captain of the national side, confidently slotted away a penalty against the Group B leaders to reach the historic total.
Ronaldo’s lob against Luxembourg on Friday had taken his overall goal-scoring tally to 699 as the Euro 2016 champions cruised to a 3-0 win.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after netting his 700th career goal with a well-taken penalty
And there was anticipation ahead of the crunch Euro 2020 qualifier as the superstar neared the 700 mark, but he delivered against Andriy Shevchenko’s team to secure yet another landmark in his glittering career.
The former Real Madrid forward, who is the sixth highest goalscorer in the history of the game, has now joined an elite club alongside the likes of Josef Bica, Romario, Pele, Ferenc Puskas and Gerd Muller, who have all scored 700 career goals or more.
Ronaldo celebrates after scoring Portugal’s second goal against Luxembourg on Friday
The Portuguese star was lethal in front of goal at Old Trafford, scoring 118 goals for United
But he still has a way to go to draw level with former Czech Republic forward Bican, who notched a staggering 800 goals between 1931 and 1950, while Romario and Pele of Brazil bagged 772 and 767 respectively.
But Ronaldo does have new bragging rights over rival Lionel Messi, who trails him on 672 career strikes. Ronaldo has played 976 senior matches in his career to date.
He bagged 450 goals for Real Madrid and led them to four Champions League titles
He has already made an impact at Juventus – netting 28 goals for the Serie A side last season
The former Manchester United man has been prolific throughout his career, amassing 118 goals in 292 games at Old Trafford, 450 in 438 at Los Blancos and 32 in 51 so far for the Old Lady.
Now he will have his sights set on a new landmark – the all time international goal-scoring record.
The 34-year-old now has 95 goals for his national side after 162 caps, but the record for most goals at international level belongs to former Iran forward Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for his country.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational 700
Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003): Five goals in 31 appearances
Manchester United (2003-2009): 118 goals in 292 appearances
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