The year was 2003 when up-and-coming football promise Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) was described as "one of the most exciting young players I’d ever seen" by Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, APA reports citing the website of Guinness world records.
Soon after, he became United's first Portuguese recruit.
Today, he’s the top-scorer player in the world.
The Portuguese football player has broken the record for most goals scored in international soccer matches (male) during the Portugal vs Ireland match played on 1 September 2021 at the Algarve Stadium (Portugal).
Previously, Ronaldo shared the record with Ali Daei (Iran), who scored 109 goals between 1993 and 2006. Against Ireland, a few minutes before the end of the match, Ronaldo broke his own record with the striking number of 111 goals.
Daei was captain of the Iran national football team and started coaching in 2006. He’s now a football manager, with Saipa being his most recent club, which he led from 2017 to mid-2019. Although Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Daei’s number between 2003 and 2021, the Portuguese striker finally topped it after getting the ball in the back of the net for the 111th time in the game against Ireland.
This is far from Ronaldo’s first time lifting the silverware (or a Guinness World Records certificate!), though.
With 134 goals, the striker also holds the title for most Champions League goals, as well as most goals in aUEFA Champions League season by an individual (17) and most goals scored in the football (soccer) UEFA European Championships including qualifying matches (23).
He is also the highest-rated player in FIFA 18, with an overall rate of 99% – 1% ahead of Lionel Messi and Pelé, both runners-up at 98%.