he man that is known for making headlines in practically all media around the world whenever he steps his feet on the field of play, Cristiano Ronaldo, has made more than headline but history once again for taking his goal tally record to a whopping one hundred and eleven goals (111) on the international front. Thus becoming the all-time highest goalscorer in international football, in the men’s category. At this point, his last name should no longer be Ronaldo but ‘Goalnaldo’ since he is now the grandmaster of goal scoring in the history of the round leader game. After all, in the game of soccer, there will be no victor/winner and vanquish without the ball hitting the back of the net and watching spectators in their million shouts ‘GOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!’. The excitement of the game strongly lies behind ‘goals’ and lifting (winning) a trophy.
At the just finished European Championship in June 2021, the 36-year-old equaled the global record for international goals, bringing his total to 109, tying former Iran attacker Ali Daei, who held the world record for over one and a half decades-long.
Ali Daei is an Iranian former professional footballer who set the record for most goals scored by a male in an international match with 109 goals in 149 games between 1993 and 2006. His achievement is acknowledged by Guinness World Records. On November 28, 2003, he scored his 85th international goal against Lebanon in an Asian Cup qualifier in Tehran, putting him over Ferenc Puskás of Hungary in the all-time list of international goal scorers.
After his header against the Republic of Ireland, Cristiano Ronaldo became the male global record holder for most goals scored in international matches.
With his 89th-minute goal in Portugal’s World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday night (September 1st, 2021), Ronaldo now has 111 goals in 180 appearances for his country, breaking Ali Daei’s 109-goal record.
Ronaldo had a chance to break the record early in the game when Portugal was granted a penalty kick earlier in the first half of the match, but Ireland’s Gavin Bazunu, who is on loan from Manchester City to League One Portsmouth, saved Ronaldo’s spot attempt.
After Ronaldo’s free-kick went through the wall late in the second half, Bazunu denied him for the second time. Bazunu convincingly palmed it wide.
In his country’s final Euro 2020 group match against France in June, the Portuguese equaled Daei’s record with two converted penalties.
Since the former record holder is no more in active football (retired), who happens to be two goals shy of the current world record holder, CR7, as he is fondly called, it is going to take something more than spectacular from the current and future footballers to surpass such an extraordinary goal-scoring feat as this – 111 goals on the international scene. At least, he (CR7) is going to boast of this world record for the next decade(s) as he adds this to the numerous ones he had been bagging year in, year out, at club level and otherwise.
Christine Sinclair (female) of Canada holds the overall world record for international goals. Sinclair, who first represented her country in 2000, has a total of 187 goals in 304 games.
On Tuesday (August 31, 2021), Manchester United announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo to a two-year contract with an option for a third year, and the forward has returned to the club where he spent six years before departing for Real Madrid 12 years ago — the fee is an initial €15 million, rising to €23 million.
This is only the most recent milestone Ronaldo has set in his stellar career, which has seen him win the Ballon d’Or five times.
In an unrelated news, after Cristiano Ronaldo signing was officially announced by Manchester United FC, it was rumoured that Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, placed an order for 80 jerseys for the Royal Court, and personally requested the club to reserve the first jersey signed by Ronaldo on his arrival. With such a rumoured request, Cristiano Ronaldo would invariably become the only figure in the history of mankind, the Queen of England has asked for his/her autograph.
“Manchester United has always held a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the sentiments I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo stated after rejoining Manchester United.
“I can’t wait to play in front of a packed stadium at Old Trafford and see all of the fans once more. After the international games, I’m looking forward to reuniting with the club, and I’m hoping for a prosperous season ahead.”
On his return from international service, he will make his Manchester United debut under the former Manchester United player turned manager (coach), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.