Cristiano Ronaldo has become the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football, scoring his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in a dramatic comeback win against Ireland in World Cup qualifying.
The Portuguese captain scored two late headers to overturn a 1-0 deficit and surpass the previous record of 109 goals set by Iranian legend Ali Daei.
John Egan had given Ireland a shock lead at the end of the first half in Wednesday’s match, after Ronaldo missed an earlier penalty. However, the 36-year-old’s two late goals ensured Portugal remains in pole position in Group A after four matches.
“I can’t even start to express myself in words! I’m thrilled with an overwhelming sensation!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram after the game. “From all the records that I have broken during my career — and fortunately there have been a few — this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level, that at some point even I started thinking that I might never catch him.