Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another record when he scored his 100th international goal for Portugal.
The Juventus forward, 35, scored his landmark goal with a stunning 45th-minute free-kick, before registering his 101st strike to seal a 2-0 Nations League win over Sweden on Tuesday.
1⃣0⃣0⃣ UP! 🔥
He’s been stuck on 99 since November, but finally Cristiano Ronaldo reaches a century of international goals – and in typically brilliant style! 🎖
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 8, 2020
Ronaldo’s national team manager, Fernando Santos, dubbed him the world’s best footballer in his post-match press conference.
“What more can I say? A team that has the best in the world cannot be better without the best in the world,” he said.
“Ronaldo goes on breaking records and records and then, when everyone thinks he is going to finish, there are even more records to beat. He feeds on it.”
He is now closing in on Ali Daei’s long standing record to become the top scoring player international player of all time.
Football’s biggest names also lavished praise on Ronaldo’s latest achievement.
Former Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Congratulations to @Cristiano on scoring 100 goals for Portugal.
“A truly staggering achievement by an extraordinary footballer. Well played.”
Congratulations to @Cristiano on scoring 100 goals for Portugal. A truly staggering achievement by an extraordinary footballer. Well played. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 9, 2020
Rio Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United for six years from 2003, said: “One hundred goals for Portugal. Some players don’t get 100 goals in their careers.
“This isn’t even about your club goals, it’s your national team goals, it’s crazy.
“I always knew how hungry you were, dedicated and how much hard work you put into the game so you deserve it all,” before cheekily adding: “One hundred goals, man and you’re still not as good looking as me. Maybe you’re a seven out of ten!”
Legendary Brazilian football icon Pele wrote: “I thought we were going to celebrate 100 goals today. But it was actually 101! Congratulations @Cristiano, as you reach new heights in your journey.”
Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammates, Iker Casillas and Marcelo, also congratulated the man of the moment, while ex-Portugal international, Deco, said: “It’s the landmark of only a dazzling phenomenon, a record-breaker like you. It’s the milestone of a monster.”
Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos joined in, too, saying: “One hundred goals, man! It’s more than deserved.
“Wonderful career, great professional, great person. Congratulations and enjoy this moment. Keep on giving us all happiness.”