Cristiano Ronaldo came closer to becoming the best international scorer of all time by scoring on the scoreboard during Portugal’s final game.
The captain scored his 104th international goal when they swept Israel in Portugal’s last match before Euro 2020.
Ronaldo put Portugal 2-0 against Israel in Lisbon
Now he’s just five strokes away from equaling Ali Daei’s all-time record.
Iran’s Ali Daei scored 109 goals in 149 international matches during his career before retiring in 2006 and the record is something the 35-year-old Ronaldo has been looking for.
Speaking in 2019 when he scored goal number 99 for Portugal, he said: “All records must be broken and I will break that record.”
Ronaldo, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016 and the inaugural Nations League in 2019, now has 104 goals in 174 appearances.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker is five away from equaling Daei’s record and has a chance to close the gap when Portugal begins its Euro 2020 campaign next week. They will face Hungary, Germany and France in Group F and are expected to reach the knockout stage.
Ronaldo has 104 goals in 173 games for Portugal
Portugal threw the gauntlet at their Euro 2020 rivals with a dominant 4-0 win over Israel.
Ronaldo’s goal came two minutes after Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes broke the deadlock by finishing off a low cross by Joao Cancelo from the right.
Cancelo made it 3-0 when he cut before unleashing an impressive effort with his left peg.
And the victory was completed in injury time when Fernandes beautifully threw the ball into the upper left corner.