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Cristiano Ronaldo played the last international match against Luxembourg in the Euro Cup qualifying match on 17 November. -File photo
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 99 goals in 164 matches for Portugal
- Ali Dei from Iran scored 109 international goals in 149 matches
- Portugal defeated Croatia 4-1 on Saturday in the Nations Cup
Portugal’s star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has been waiting for his 100th international goal for 10 months. He is the first player to score 99 goals in 164 matches for the team. Ronaldo could not play in the Nations Cup against Croatia on Saturday due to a toe injury. In such a situation, their wait has increased.
Ronaldo played against Luxembourg in the Euro Cup qualifying match on November 17 last year. In which the team won 2–0. Ronaldo is behind only Iran’s former footballer Ali Dei in terms of most international goals. Ali scored 109 goals in 149 matches.
Could not play due to toe pain
Coach Fernando Santos said that Ronaldo trained with the team on Monday and Tuesday. His thumb was swollen on Wednesday. Due to this, they are also taking medicines. Hope to be back soon.
Portugal’s second match in the Nations Cup will be held on September 9 against Sweden. In such a situation, it is expected that Ronaldo will be fit till the match.
There are no international matches in Europe after November
There have been no international matches since last November due to Corona in Europe. However La Liga, Champions League and Europa League have been played. At the same time, the 2020 Europa Football League has also been canceled for next year.
Ronaldo made his debut in 2004
Ronaldo played his first international match against Greece on 12 June 2004. It scored its first international goal. While Ali Dei played his first international match for his country on 25 June 1993 against Taipei. Ali had already scored 3 goals in the match. He won the team 6–0. While he played his last international match on 1 March 2006 against Costa Rica.
India’s Sunil Chhetri at number 10
India’s Sunil Chhetri is at number 10 in terms of most international goals. He scored 72 goals in 115 matches for Team India. In this case, he is far ahead of Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Messi is at number 17 on this list with 70 goals. For this, he has played 138 matches.