Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Robbie Keane’s scoring record

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It was another record-breaking night for Cristiano Ronaldo, despite Robbie Keane’s best efforts to steer him away.

The Juventus forward netted four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania to take his overall tally to 25 in European qualifying – two more than the previous record set by former Republic of Ireland striker Keane.

Before the match, Keane asked Ronaldo to “leave this one” after pointing out the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was two goals away from his record.

“I think you have enough records, Cristiano!” Keane joked on Instagram

But after scoring against his 150th different team for club and country, there was no stopping Ronaldo netting his eighth international hat-trick and stealing the limelight.

Ronaldo has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record in men’s football and is also the first European to score 90 goals for his country.

What other international records does Ronaldo hold?

The 34-year-old is the leading scorer in European Championships.

He has netted 34 goals in total – including nine in final tournaments, which is also a joint-record with Frenchman Michel Platini.

Those goals came in four successive tournaments – 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 – with one in the semi-final victory over Wales during Portugal’s title-winning campaign three years ago.

No other European has scored more goals in competitive international fixtures, with Ronaldo netting 72, including the first goal and a hat-trick in the Nations League Finals when he put three past Switzerland in the last four in June.

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And his tally of 30 goals in European World Cup qualifying is another record.

Who has Ronaldo scored against?

Ronaldo has netted against an impressive 150 different teams while playing for clubs and country.

Just under a third of those have been against other nations (40), while just 17 have been in friendly matches.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a knack for leaving it late too, with 26 of his 93 international goals coming in the last 15 minutes.

Who is Ali Daei?

All-time top scorers in men’s international football
Player (country)Goals scored
Ali Daei (Iran)109
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)93
Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)83
Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan)80
Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia)79

Where and how Ronaldo can surpass Daei

Ronaldo doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon and last year he said he was able to play for another seven years.

“Right now I have a biological age of 23. I’ve still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I’m 41,” he said in May.

If that is the case, Ronaldo could be competing in three more Nations Leagues, two European Championships and two World Cups – not to mention qualifying matches around those tournaments and friendlies in between.

He already has four European qualifying matches lined up in October and November.


At a goalscoring rate of more than one goal in every two games, Ronaldo may only need 32 matches to break Daei’s all-time record.

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