‘I’m not closing the count yet!’: Cristiano Ronaldo insists MORE goals need to be scored after breaking Ali Daei’s international scoring record with a late match-winning double for Portugal against Ireland
- Cristiano Ronaldo is now the international top scorer of all time with 111
- The now Manchester United forward insisted there were many more goals to come
- He told reporters he is not ready to slow down after breaking a new record
- Ronaldo’s double on Wednesday night saw Portugal beat the Republic of Ireland
Cristiano Ronaldo has promised more will come from him after establishing himself as international football’s record scorer.
The 36-year-old, who recently returned to Manchester United, saw his first goal of the first half saved by the teenage Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, but then secured Portugal a 2-1 win in World Cup qualifiers with two last headers against his counter to a remarkable 111.
In the process, he overshadowed Iranian Ali Daei’s 109 goals, who he had tied for kick-off at the Estadio Algarve.
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Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account: “Of all the records I’ve broken during my career – and luckily there are a few – this one is very special to me and it’s definitely on the shelf of the achievements that make me real. pride.
“First of all because every time I represent my country is a special moment, because I know that I am defending Portugal and showing the world what the Portuguese are made of.
“Second, because national team competitions have always had a very strong impact on me growing up and watching my idols play for their flags at European and World Cups every summer.
Ronaldo insisted he’s not slowing down yet and says more will come in the future
But ultimately and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced in the Algarve today, moments of global unity and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens around the world. For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do now is because Ali Daei has set the standards at such a high level that at one point even I started to think I might never catch him.
“Congratulations to the ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thank you for showing me so much respect every time I scored and as I got closer and closer to his excellent track.”
‘Thank you Portugal. Thanks to all my teammates and opponents for making this trip so memorable. Let’s continue to meet on the field for years to come. I’m not closing the count yet…’
Ronaldo’s belated exploits saved Portugal their first home defeat since 2008 in the World Cup qualifier after Ireland put in a hugely impressive performance in Faro.