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Pele pays tribute to history-maker Ronaldo

Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal
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Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after he became the first European player to reach the 100-goal international milestone.

Cristiano Ronaldo turned out to be too hot to handle yet again when he stepped on the pitch to face Sweden in matchday 2 of Group A3 in the Nations League.

The Portuguese ace fired home a jaw-dropping free-kick just as half-time approached and then added another after the break with a thunderous long-range shot.

Those were his 100th and 101st goals in the Portugal shirt, making him the only active player to have a three-figure goal tally at the international stage.

Ronaldo also became the first European player to reach a century of international goals, and only the second to do so in the history of football.

He had to wait longer than he might have expected to reach a new milestone in his career. Prior to Tuesday night, the last time he scored for his nation was back in November against Luxembourg. Furthermore, he had to sit out his side’s clash against Croatia last week due to an infection.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man’s ultimate motive remains to become top the charts of most international goals by eclipsing Iran’s Ali Daei, who has 109 strikes to his name.

A footballing legend, who himself scored 77 goals for his nation, has taken this opportunity to salute Ronaldo for his extraordinary feat.

Pele said in a Twitter post: “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.”