Wednesday, September 9, 2020

100 goals: I want to break Ali Daei’s goalscoring record - Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European player to reach 100 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal ’ s 2- 0 win over 10-man Sweden.

Veteran Sweden midfielder Gustav Svensson was sent off just before half -time for collecting a second yellow card , and from the resulting free - kick , Ronaldo fired the ball into the top corner to bring up his landmark century.

After 72 minutes , the Juventus forward – who missed Portugal ’ s Nations League opener against Croatia on Saturday with a toe injury – curled in a second goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Ronaldo has set his sights on Iranian Ali Daei ’ s record for a male international of 109 goals .

“ I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now ( I ’ ll go ) for the record. It’ s step - by- step . I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way, ” Ronaldo said .

“ When I had this problem in my toe I always knew that I could recover for this second game. ”

Asked about his future in the game, Ronaldo was quoted by Reuters as saying : “ The future , only God knows . I am happy to play with these young players and I am enjoying a lot this moment both individually and collectively.

Portugal have two wins from their opening Nations League fixtures, and top the table ahead of France , who beat Croatia 4- 2 in Paris .

Defender Dejan Lovren had put the 2018 World Cup runners - up ahead after 17 minutes following a corner , but Antoine Griezmann drew France level just before the break .

In stoppage time, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial saw his sliding effort deflect in off ‘ keeper Dominik Livakovic for an own goal.

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