Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored his 100th and 101st goals against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League group stage on Tuesday, September 8.
The 35-year-old Juventus talisman scored two crucial goals as Portugal beat Sweden away from home to top the table. Ronaldo was playing for the national team for the first time in 2020 after he missed the first group game against Croatia due to a toe injury.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored two spectacular goals to hand his team the three points. He opened the scoring from a 25-yard free-kick which he guided into the top left corner. Then in the second half, Ronaldo scored another spectacular goal as he curled in a shot from outside the penalty box to double Portugal’s lead and secure maximum points.
Ronaldo said after the game, “I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now (I’ll go) for the record. It’s step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way. When I had this problem in my toe I always knew that I could recover for this second game.”
Asked about his future in the game, Ronaldo said, “The future, only God knows. I am happy to play with these young players and I am enjoying a lot this moment both individually and collectively.
Ronaldo is now eight goals behind only Iran’s Ali Daei who holds the record for the highest number of international goals registered by a single player.