5 Times Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first European player to reach the 100 international goals milestone after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-0 win over 10-men Sweden in the Nations League game.
The veteran Juventus forward put his side in front through a fantastic free-kick scored in the first half, veteran Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson was sent off just before half-time for a second yellow card and Cristiano Ronaldo blasted the resultant free-kick into the top corner for his landmark century of goals for his national team.
In the 72 minutes, CR7 did it again curling a worldly into the far right-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area. Ronaldo missed Portugal’s Nations League opener against Croatia on Saturday with a toe injury. He has set his sight on equaling and beaten Iranian Ali Daei’s record for most male international goals of 109.
“I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now (I’ll go) for the record. It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way,” Ronaldo said.
“When I had this problem in my toe I always knew that I could recover for this second game.”
Asked about his future in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo was quoted by Reuters as saying: “The future, only God knows. I am happy to play with these young players and I am enjoying a lot this moment both individually and collectively.”
Portugal has two wins from their opening Nations League fixtures and top the table ahead of France, who beat Croatia 4-2 in Paris.
Defender Dejan Lovren had put the 2018 World Cup runners-up ahead after 17 minutes following a corner, but Antoine Griezmann drew France level just before the break.
In stoppage time, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial saw his sliding effort deflect in off ‘keeper Dominik Livakovic for an own goal. Photo Credit: Getty