It was a record-breaking night for Cristiano Ronaldo as he “enjoys this moment” after scoring four times to lead Portugal to a 5-1 thrashing of Lithuania in EURO 2020 qualifying.
The four goals netted by the Juventus forward took his overall tally to 25 ahead of the previous record set by former Republic of Ireland striker Keane.
Before the match, Keane asked Ronaldo to “leave this one” after pointing out the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was two goals away from his record.
“I think you have enough records, Cristiano!” Keane joked on Instagram.
Even after scoring against his 150th different team for club and country, Ronaldo did not stop to that. He netted his eighth international hat-trick stealing the limelight.
Up to now, Ronaldo has scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record in men’s football and is also the first European to score 90 goals for his country.
Ronaldo’s International records.
The 34-year-old is the leading scorer in European Championships. In total, he has netted 34 goals including nine in final tournament which is also a joint-record with Frenchman Michel Platini.
These goals came in four successive tournaments; 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 with one in the semi-final victory over Wales during Portugal’s title-winning campaign three years ago.
No other European has scored more goals in competitive international fixtures. Ronaldo has netted 72 including the first goal and a hat-trick in the Nations League Finals when he put three past Switzerland in the last four in June.
His tally of 30 goals in European World cup qualifying is another record.
When does Ronaldo score his goals?
Ronaldo has scored more goals with his head (25) than with his left foot (22). In the 61 games he has scored in, Portugal has lost five and won 51.
Interestingly, outside of penalty shoot outs, Ronaldo has never scored against European giants; France, Germany, Italy or England.
He has scored five goals against Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Sweden-more than any other nation.
Ronaldo has scored against:
Ronaldo has netted against an impressive 150 different teams while playing for clubs and country.
Just under a third of those have been against other nations (40), just 17 have been in friendly matches.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a knack for leaving it late too, with 26 of his 93 international goals coming in the last 15 minutes.