Stats-watchers were quick to revise Ronaldo’s astonishing figures as he stretched his lead at the top of the all-time scoring charts, moving six clear of former record-holder Ali Daei as his 10th treble for Portugal made it 115 international goals for the Manchester United marksman.
Debates about the greatest players of all time inevitably follow whenever Ronaldo or Lionel Messi reach new landmarks, with one accusation regularly leveled against the Selecao captain concerning the quality of opposition he has scored a significant proportion of his goals against.
Despite Luxembourg’s lowly ranking – they are currently 94th, directly ahead of Vietnam and behind Jordan and Congo – Ronaldo was in no mood for playing down the feat.
🇵🇹 @Cristiano (115 goals)🇮🇷 Ali Daei (109)🇲🇾 Dahari (89)🇭🇺 Puskas (84)🇦🇷 Messi (80)🎩 @Cristiano’s 10th hat-trick for @selecaoportugal powers him on to 54 goals in his last 49 caps and further clear as the highest-scoring male in international football history 🤯 pic.twitter.com/16rPrCQQ6V
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored the most hat-tricks in men’s international football history (10) 🇵🇹Another game, another record! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Qe4YOqkMS3
“Another victory, another step towards our goal, another historic night in defense of our colors,” the 36-year-old chirped on Instagram after Portugal moved closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Everything becomes easier when we play at home and in front of an audience that cares for us from the first to the last minute.
“I had promised that I would always be looking for more and more and more. It is in my DNA and in our DNA.
Cristiano Ronaldo JUST needs 6 goals to reach 800 OFFICIAL career goals milestone.🐐 pic.twitter.com/dFcSP3bmD6
All I ever hear is how Neymar scores in a farmers league, can someone take a look at some of the teams Ronaldo and some of the other European stars play against. I mean really this is ridiculous.
“We are never satisfied, we never let our arms down and we will always fight for everything we can achieve. Go Portugal.”
Critics on social media often dismiss the superstar as ‘Penaldo’ because of his record being beefed up by penalties, and he added two against Luxembourg before a close-range 88th-minute goal to complete his haul.
That made Luxembourg the international team he has scored most against, with his total of nine in the fixture representing two more than he has notched against next-nearest teams Lithuania and Sweden.
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