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Cristiano Ronaldo creates history by scoring 100th goal for Portugal

Ronaldo has achieved the feat in 165 games. Portugal, who are currently playing the UEFA Nations League, are the defending champions, having won the inaugural edition in 2019.

Cristiano Ronaldo creates history by scoring 100th goal for Portugal-ayh
Solna, First Published Sep 9, 2020, 1:13 PM IST
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Modern-day football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has etched his name in the history books, as he scored his 100th goal while playing for Portugal. While he already is the top-most goal scorer for his country, he has now also become the only Portuguese footballer to score 100 goals for the same.

Ronaldo attained the feat during Portugal's UEFA Nations League clash against Sweden at the Friends Arena on Tuesday night. While he was in doubt to play the game, as he had suffered a toe infection, he recovered just in time to make it to the game, where he turned things around. Portugal beat Sweden 2-0, courtesy of Ronaldo's brace.

With this goal, Ronaldo is just second man in the list for scoring most goals for their country, with 101 goals, as he looks set to break the all-time record of Iran's Ali Daei, who had scored 109.

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As for the history-making goal, Ronaldo scored it in style through a sublime free-kick after Sweden's Gustav Svensson brought down João Moutinho just outside the box. With a distance of 25 yards from the goal, Ronaldo arrowed it down and curled it beautifully to put it into the top left corner of the goal, as Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen had no chance of stopping it.

Following the goal, fans were elated as applause poured in on Twitter. Here are a few of the reactions:

With this win, Portugal have now won two from two in the UNL group stage campaign, having beaten Croatia 4-1 last week, as they look to successfully defend their crown.

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