Cristiano Ronaldo now has 98 GOALS for Portugal with latest hat-trick and is closing in on all-time international record

15 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo is not done yet.

While the 34-year-old has been substituted in his last two Juventus games having not quite been at his best for the Serie A side, on the international stage he continues to be unstoppable.

On Thursday night, Ronaldo hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Lithuania to put his country on the verge of a place at the Euro 2020 finals.

The treble was the 55th of Ronaldo’s incredible career and his ninth at international level.

He has netted 13 times in his past seven caps alone, and his remarkable tally for Portugal now stands at 98 goals in 163 appearances.

He even managed to reduce a grown man to tears by agreeing to a selfie with the pitch invader, who was wearing a Juventus top.

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Portugal’s win against Lithuania was stopped by a pitch invader who was desperate to meet Ronaldo[/caption]

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Ronaldo gives his fan a hug before attempting to get on with the game[/caption]

The supporter appears to brush away tears as he led off the pitch by a steward
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With no signs of Ronaldo letting up, it seems a certainty that he will become the highest goalscorer in the history of international football.

Ali Daei currently holds that record, having scored 109 times for Iran.

Ronaldo recently insisted he will not be retiring any time soon, which should give him plenty of time to get the 12 goals he needs to surpass Daei.

“Age is just a number,” the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said, speaking in October.

“It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36, you are at the end of your career.

“I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference.”

Ronaldo hasn’t been at his very best for Juventus, but still has five goals in ten Serie A games this season
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Ronaldo is just one of six players to have surpassed 700 goals for club and country.

Only Josef Bican, Romario, Pele, Ferenc Puskas and Gerd Muller have scored more than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Ronaldo’s great rival, Lionel Messi, has 680 goals for club and country, although he is two years younger and has played almost 150 less games.

Ronaldo's carrer in numbers

Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003)
Appearances: 31
Goals: 5

Manchester United (2003-2009)
Appearances: 292
Goals: 118

Real Madrid (2009-2018)
Appearances: 438
Goals: 450

Juventus (2018-)
Appearances: 57
Goals: 34

Portugal (2003-)
Appearances: 163
Goals: 98

Total career goals: 705

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