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How many goals left for Ronaldo to become top international goalscorer?

Ali Daei, Cristiano Ronaldo
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History calls again as Cristiano Ronaldo edges ever closer to surpassing Ali Daei as international football’s record goalscorer.

It’s only a matter of time before Ronaldo adds another prestigious record to his name as international football’s highest goalscorer.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner broke the 100-goal mark in last month’s 2-0 win over Sweden. He scored a brilliant brace in the Friends Arena for that game to take his tally up to 101 goals in 165 games.

Now it’s a question of not if, but when he’ll overtake Ali’s record?

The Iran legend scored 109 goals in 149 appearances before hanging up his boots in 2006. Nobody believed his record could be broken either. And who could blame them? Pele, Diego Maradona, and many other greats never scored so many goals for their national teams.

“All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” announced Ronaldo.

True to his word, the Portuguese ace is close to doing just that with just eight goals between him and Ali.

He has a chance to close that gap over the upcoming week as Portugal face Spain in a friendly tonight. They’ll then take on France (October 11) and Sweden (October 14) in the Nations League.

Top international goalscorers in football history

  1. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals in 149 caps
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 101 goals in 165 caps
  3. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary): 84 goals in 85 caps
  4. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan): 80 goals in 84 caps
  5. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia): 79 goals in 111 caps
  6. Hussein Saeed (Iraq): 78 goals in 137 caps
  7. Pele (Brazil): 77 goals in 92 caps

The European championships and more Nations League games will follow in the upcoming year.

So who’s to say Ronaldo won’t bag this one?