Cristiano Ronaldo heads into tonight’s clash between Portugal and Luxembourg hoping to reach another milestone in scoring his 700th career goal.
Ronaldo, who scored four times during his last outing for Portugal, needs two goals against Luxembourg to reach the 700-goal mark for club and country.
Should all go to plan tonight in Lisbon, the 34-year-old will become only the sixth footballer in history to reach this prestigious landmark. He will also beat long-time rival Lionel Messi to the honour.
The Argentina international currently sits on 672 career goals, which is 26 less than what Ronaldo has managed in comparison. Although it’s likely it won’t take long for him to join the club either if his injury problems are truly over.
Nevertheless, the spotlight will again be on Ronaldo tonight with Fernando Santos again praising his star man.
“He’s clearly the best in the world,” the Portugal boss told reporters during a pre-match conference on Thursday.
“Cristiano says he’s from Madeira, but he’s from another galaxy.”
Although William Carvalho and Rafa Silva won’t be joining Ronaldo down to injury for tonight’s big match. Therefore, Santos has called up Andre Gomes following the Everton midfielder’s recent return from injury himself.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe is also back in the mix for the European champions after a spell on the sidelines.
Ronaldo and Portugal are out to make it five wins in a row tonight as they look to reduce their five-point deficit to Group B leaders Ukraine, who have played one more game, in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.
The Portugal and Luxembourg match begins at 20:45 (CET).
Top Six All-time Goalscorers
1. Josef Bican (Austria/Czech Republic) – 805 goals
2. Romario (Brazil) – 772
3. Pele (Brazil) – 767
4. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) – 746
5. Gerd Muller (Germany) – 735
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 698