Fifa President Gianni Infantino has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese scored twice against Northern Ireland to become the outright record scorer in men’s international football history.
Ronaldo missed a penalty but still broke the men’s international scoring record before adding a second goal as Portugal beat visiting Ireland 2–1 in World Cup qualifyer.
The Euro 2020 Golden boot winner grabbed his 110th goal in the 89th minute on Wednesday to move ahead of former Iran striker Ali Daei.
“This achievement rewards an outstanding career of almost two decades representing your country at the highest level, which speaks of your tremendous commitment and dedication to your art and your incredible passion for football,” said FIFA President
Gianni Infantino. “In the process of breaking the record for the number of goals in men’s international football, you have become not only a national hero but an international icon and a role model for aspiring players all around the world. Your skills and consistent drive for improvement deserves global acclaim and admiration. Parabéns, Cristiano!”
Reacting after the game, Ronaldo said “I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had.”
“Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did. We believed until the end.”
The 36-year-old forward has scored in nine major tournaments including World Cups and European Championships as well as the Confederations Cup and Nations League.