World Football

Cristiano Ronaldo set new record as Portugal secure Euro 2024 spot

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
October 17 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace in Portugal’s win over Bosnia

According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), Cristiano Ronaldo is now the sixth player in the annals of world football to score 100 or more goals at the highest level throughout the course of three different eras.

In the first ten years of the twenty-first century (2001–2010), he scored 206 goals, and in the next ten years (2011–2020), he scored an astounding 550 goals.

In a lopsided Euro 2024 qualifying match, Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Portugal crushed Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The 38-year-old made it 1-0 with a penalty kick before making it 2-0 with his 127th goal for his country.

Before halftime, the away team scored all five goals, with Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, and Joao Felix all scoring in a commanding performance.

As a result, Portugal, which clinched qualification on Friday, maintains its lead in Group J with a perfect record.

In their eight games thus far, they have registered 32 goals and given up only two, with Ronaldo scoring nine goals in his seven outings.

With the convincing victory, Portugal have now won eight straight games in the Euro 2024 qualification round. With a 3-2 victory over Slovakia at home last week, the Euro 2016 champions secured a spot in the Germany finals the following year.

Ronaldo became the first male footballer to appear in 200 international games when he scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Iceland. The Al-Nassr forward’s record-extending 40 goals in 42 Euro qualifying matches was extended with his brace against Iceland.

With those goals, he also surpassed Erling Haaland (39), who had held the record for both club and national scoring in 2023, by one. Ronaldo has scored 31 goals for his club team Al-Nassr and nine goals for Portugal.

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