Solna (AP) – For reaching the milestone of 100 international goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is euphorically celebrated by former teammates.
“100 goals, that’s the symbol of a dazzling phenomenon, a record breaker like you. It’s the milestone of a monster,” the former Portuguese international Deco said in a video from the FIFA world association on Twitter.
Ronaldo had scored two goals in Solna Portugal, Sweden, for a 2-0 victory in the Nations League against Sweden, scoring 100 and 101 goals for his international matches. The 35-year-old from Juventus Turin is only the second male footballer in the world to reach this milestone.
“It was a pleasure to be your teammate and you are the pride of all Portuguese,” said former teammate Nuno Gomes. Only the no longer active Ali Daei from Iran is ahead of the exceptional striker with 109 selection hits.
Ronaldo scored his first international goal in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to Greece 16 years ago. The five-time world footballer celebrated his extraordinary anniversary in the 165th international match for the European champions and winners of the Nations League.
“Some players don’t even score 100 goals in their entire career. But those aren’t even goals for your clubs, they’re just goals for the national team. It’s crazy,” said Englishman Rio Ferdinand, once Ronaldo’s teammate at Manchester United. . And he teased the vain Portuguese: “100 goalkeeper, and you still don’t look as good as I do. You might be seven in ten.”
For former international Nani, Ronaldo’s career is “the story of the greatest of all time”. The 100 international goals are a fantastic achievement. “It makes me extremely proud to be part of your story,” the 33-year-old wrote on Twitter.