Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest goalscorer in men's international football
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 110th and 111th international goals
- He scored the goals against Ireland in a World Cup qualifier match
- Ali Daei was the previous record holder with 109 goals
Portugal's talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 110th goal for the country to surpass Iranian footballer Ali Daei's record (109) and become the top goalscorer in men's international football history on Wednesday.
Rising above the Ireland defense during a World Cup qualifier match, the 36-year-old stabbed home a Goncalo Guedes cross to level the scores in the 89th minute and reach the landmark figure.
Minutes later, he yet again found the back of the net with another header to seal a comeback victory for Portugal in the most dramatic fashion and take his international goal tally to 111. Earlier in the game, he had a penalty saved in the 15th minute.
The forward made his debut for the national team in 2003 and began his historic scoring run at the 2004 European Championship in a 2-1 loss to Greece in the group stage.
The only two men to net more than 100 times for their countries are Ronaldo and Daei, who scored 109 goals in 149 games for Iran from 1993-2006 and played for German clubs Bayern Munich and Hearth Berlin.
The most prolific scorer in international soccer is 38-year-old Christine Sinclair of Canada, who scored her 187th goal at the Tokyo Olympics where she won gold last month.
Although Ronaldo has personally bested every goalscoring number possible at the international level, his only title with Portugal came at Euro 2016.
This year, in the Euros, Ronaldo was the top scorer with five goals in four games but his team's title defence ended in the round of 16.
Ronaldo became the first player to score in five different editions of the continental tournament, taking his haul to 11 to overtake Michel Platini’s record of nine goals at Euros.
Ronaldo is also the top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 134 goals — 14 more than Lionel Messi, according to UEFA.
Meanwhile, his reunion with Manchester United has left the football fraternity buzzing and his fans will be hoping for the Portuguese goal-scoring machine to continue hitting such numbers.