Cristiano Ronaldo is overjoyed that he reached the 100-goal mark for Portugal on Tuesday. The five-time World Footballer of the Year helped his country with two goals past Sweden in the Nations League (0-2) and even has the world record in sight, although he does not want to get ahead of it.
Ronaldo is the second player in the world after Ali Daei from Iran to reach the limit of one hundred international goals. Daei holds the record with 109 hits.
“I enjoy being part of this squad. It makes me happy to score my 100th goal, but the record is not an obsession for me. Records come naturally,” Ronaldo said at the Friends Arena in Solna after his 165th international match. .
“Only God knows what my future will look like, but I still feel good and I think it’s wonderful to play in this young team. We should enjoy this together.”
35-year-old Ronaldo reached his milestone by opening the score in Sweden with a nice free kick. In the second half, a nice shot into the far corner meant goal number 101 on behalf of Portugal.
It is sometimes said that Portugal plays better if Ronaldo does not participate, but that does nothing to the star. “I knew I would make my mark again tonight. I don’t care what is said because what I have accomplished over the years speaks for itself. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore.”
Portugal already won the first Nations League game against Croatia 4-1 on Saturday. Ronaldo was missing at the time due to an injury.
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