• Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
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Record breaking Ronaldo in numbers

  • Published at 02:54 pm September 2nd, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading scorer in men's international football when he headed two last-gasp goals to give Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland in Group A of World Cup Qualifying Wednesday

Here are the numbers after his latest record breaking feat: 


Ronaldo has now scored 111 goals in 180 matches for Portugal, breaking a tie with Iran great Ali Daei (109 goals in 149 games).


Of the 111 goals, 14 have come via penalties. (He has missed seven, including one Wednesday).

0.44 v 0.95

Here's quite a remarkable stat - Ronaldo's goals per game average before turning 30? 0.44 (52 goals in 118 games). After turning 30? 0.95 (59 goals in 62 games).


With his two goals Wednesday, Ronaldo reached 33 goals in 42 Uefa World Cup Qualifying games, the most among European players. He's third all-time in WC Qualifying goals among players from all confederations, behind Carlos Ruiz (39 with Guatemala) and Daei (35 with Iran). So that's one more record that beckons!

How much has he scored in other competitions?

31 (in 35 games) in the Euro Qualifiers. This is a record.

19 (in 51 games) in International friendlies.

14 (in 25 games) in Uefa Euros. This is a record.

7 (in 17 games) in Fifa World Cups.

5 (in 6 games) in the Uefa Nations League.

2 (in 4 games) in the Fifa Confederations Cup.


Ronaldo got his 27th career multi-goal game with Portugal on Wednesday (18th brace). Ronaldo's nine hat tricks with Portugal are the most by a European man, and includes two 4-goal matches.


This is the first time in Ronaldo's competitive international career that he has scored multiple goals in the 89th minute or later. The only other time he did it in his international career was in a 2018 friendly against Egypt (two stoppage-time goals).


Ronaldo's game-winning goal against Ireland, scored at 90'+6', was the latest he has scored a goal for Portugal.


Ireland is the 45th different country against whom Ronaldo has scored. Prior to Wednesday's goals, he had never scored in two meetings against Ireland. The national teams he has faced the most without scoring are Albania (4), Brazil (3) and England (3).


That's the most goals Ronaldo has scored against a single opponent - 7 goals in 3 games against Lithuania, and 7 goals in 7 games against Sweden. The next closest are Andorra (6 in 3), Hungary (6 in 6), and Luxembourg (6 in 9).

Stats: ESPN

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