Cristiano Ronaldo warns Premier League rivals after breaking international goals record
Cristiano Ronaldo has warned that he has not finished smashing records just yet after becoming the highest-scoring international men’s player of all time. Manchester United’s new signing scored his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal to help his country come from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.
Ronaldo equalised in the 89th minute to break Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals. The 36-year-old then struck the winner five minutes into added-time.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu saved Ronaldo’s first-half penalty to initially deny the forward the record.
John Egan then headed Ireland in front just before half-time. However, Ronaldo’s late goals leave Portugal top of World Cup qualifying Group A.
Man Utd completed the sensational return of the legendary striker earlier this week. He goes back to Old Trafford 12 years after departing in a then-world record transfer to Real Madrid.
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“From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I’m defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of.
“Secondly, because national teams competitions have always had a very strong impact in me as I was growing up, watching my idols playing for their flags every other summer in Euros and in World Cups.
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“But finally, and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the Globe.
“For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level, that at some point even I started thinking that I might never catch him.
“Congratulations to the ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.
“Thank you, Portugal. Thanks to all my teammates and opponents for making this journey so unforgettable.
“Let’s keep meeting inside the pitch in the years to come! I’m not closing the count just yet…”
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