Cristiano Ronaldo took one giant step closer to the men’s all-time international goal record by scoring four more for Portugal in a 5-1 rout of Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.
Ronaldo now has 93 international goals and needs 16 to catch Iranian great Ali Daei, whose tally of 109 seemed unassailable. Portugal’s 34-year-old captain is on the warpath, though, helping his side to three valuable qualiyfing points and scoring against a 40th country in his illustrious career.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo started from the penalty spot, following a handball with a clinical finish in the seventh minute. He added scores in the 61st, 65th and 76th, giving him eight career international hat tricks and 54 in all competitions for club and country.