Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Pele’s International goals record

Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Pele’s International goals record

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday surpassed Brazil legend, Pele in the number of goals scored at international level, after scoring his 78th for Portugal.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal thrashed the Faroe Islands 5-1 in a 2018 FIFA world Cup qualifier.

Ronaldo started the game on 75 international goals, and made it 76 when he opened the flood gates in the 11th minute, and was on hand to double the lead just before the half hour mark, to draw level with Pele on 77.

Baldvinsson pulled one back for the visitors just before the break, but William Carvalho restored the Portuguese 2 goals advantage 13 minutes after the break.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick, when he scored a historic third to surpass Pele in the 64th minute, to make it 4-1, with Nelson Oliveira completing the rout six minutes from time to hand Portugal a 5-1 win.

The goals moved Ronaldo fifth on the list of international goalscorers, above Pele, who scored 77 times for Brazil.

Up next for Ronaldo is Godfrey Chitalu’s record of 79 goals when Portugal travel to Budapest to take on Hungary.

Photo credit: Selecoes de Portugal

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