Ronaldo scores winner, enters record books

2018-06-20 15:47
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)

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