Ronaldo Scores Brace To Pass 100 International Goals In Win Over Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning brace to take him to 101 international goals for Portugal in a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sweden in the Nations League on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 35-year-old, broke the 100-goal mark on the stroke of halftime with a curling free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the far left corner beyond Sweden’s stranded goalkeeper Robin Olsen for a memorable milestone in his trophy-laden career.
The Juventus striker then fired in a fine second goal and his 101st, in the 72nd minute, when he cut back inside the Swedish defence and producing a deft finish into the far corner from 20 yards.
Ronaldo, capped 165 times for Portugal is now within eight goals of the world record which belongs to Iran’s Ali Daei who scored 109 goal during his playing career from 1993 to 2006.
The next top scoring current players are India’s Sunil Chhetri (72) and Argentina’s Lionel Messi (70).
The result means defending Nations League champions Portugal have won their opening two games of this year’s event and are level on six points with France in Group C.