Cristiano Ronaldo has already set his sights on Ali Daei’s record tally of 109 international goals after surpassing the century mark.
Ronaldo joined Daei in the history books by becoming only the second player to score 100 or more international goals in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night.
He was sensational throughout the match and the difference-maker once again for Portugal. That brilliant free-kick, the 57th of his career, just moments before the break was a fitting way to score his 100th international goal.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner wrapped things up in Stockholm by curling home a sublime second goal outside the box, taking his international tally to 101 goals.
🇵🇹 Ronaldo = 100 goals for Portugal! 🔥
— UEFA Nations League (@EURO2020) September 8, 2020
But rather than bask in his success for too long, Ronaldo is already thinking of the next challenge in breaking Iran legend Daei’s record tally of 109 goals.
“I beat the 100-goal mark, and now it’s the record,” announced Ronaldo as quoted on BeSoccer.
“It’s step by step, without making it an obsession.”
Cristiano maybe 35 now, but he continues to thrive in what could be a golden era for the Portuguese national team.
Aside from the man himself, Portugal boast the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves, Joao Felix, and countless other promising young talents.
“I am very happy,” added Ronaldo.
“Firstly, because the team won, which was the goal we had. Then the 100 mark and then the 101, with two goals, makes me very happy.
“Now the future is only for God. I feel good, I feel good for playing with these young players.”
The Portugal captain later posted on Instagram: “Huge pride in this historical goal for our national team!
“When they tell me I can reach 100, I say it’s not enough…101 goals for Portugal.”
Ronaldo will have a chance to add to his goal tally for Portugal in their upcoming friendly against Spain on October 7.
Fernando Santos’ side, who sit top of Group A3 in the Nations League, will then face France on October 11 for a top-of-the-table clash.