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Ali Daei showers praise on ‘great champion’ Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal, Ali Daei - Iran
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The Portugal captain added another page to his extraordinary and extensive book of records during Wednesday night’s decisive fixture.

Ali Daei feels honored after “great champion” Cristiano Ronaldo equaled his international goalscoring record in men’s football.

Ronaldo ensured Portugal take at least a point from their crunch clash with France as he scored twice on either side of Karim Benzema’s goals.

A double saw the 36-year-old forward leave his competitors behind in the race for the Euro 2020 Golden Boot and take his tally up to five goals in the tournament.

The brace also, and more importantly, marked his 108th and 109th goals at the international stage, making him the joint highest men’s international scorer.

Ronaldo will get the chance to make that record his own when Portugal return to action on Sunday for the last-16 encounter against Belgium. The legendary Iran striker, whose goal tally he just equaled, however, will not wait until then to congratulate CR7.

Daei wrote in an Instagram post: “Congratulations to @cristiano who is now one goal away from breaking the men’s international goal scoring record.

“I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo – great champion of football and caring humanist who inspires and impacts lives throughout the world.”