Ronaldo scores winner, enters record books
Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is the now the all-time top-scoring European player in international football after scoring against Morocco in their Soccer World Cup Group B clash at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.
Taking his tally to four goals at the tournament, the 33-year-old is the top goalscorer after bagging a hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's opening match.
After tying Ferenc Puskas' total of 84 goals against the Spaniards, Ronaldo moved to 85 goals - broken down into 50 in the qualification stages, 18 in FIFA tournaments and 17 in friendlies.
Ronaldo also became the first Portugal player since Jose Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament.
The Real Madrid forward has to date scored the second and third fastest goals in Russia, netting after 3:30 against Spain, while his goal against Morocco was at 3:58.
All-time top-scoring European players in international football:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal (85)
2. Ferenc Puskás - Hungary (84)
3. Sándor Kocsis - Hungary (75)
4. Miroslav Klose - Germany (71)
5. Robbie Keane - Republic of Ireland (68)
All-time top-scoring players in international football:
1. Ali Daei - Iran (109)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal (85)
3. Ferenc Puskás - Hungary (84)
4. Kunishige Kamamoto - Japan (80)
5. Godfrey Chitalu - Zambia (79)
6. Hussein Saeed - Iraq (78)
7. Pele - Brazil (77)
8. Bashar Abdullah – Kuwait (75)
9. Malawi Kinnah Phiri - Malawi (71)
10. Majed Abdullah - Saudi Arabia (71)