Cristiano Ronaldo scored four of Portugal’s goals in a 5-1 routing of Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying.
With 93 international goals in 160 appearances, Ronaldo is just 16 shy of tying the all-time men’s record held by Iran legend Ali Daei.
What’s more, Ronaldo’s hat-trick means he now has more on the international stage than the legendary Pele did for Brazil (7).
Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't be stopped on Tuesday.
He scored four goals in a game for the 10th time in his career ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/JsjQHE2543
— ESPN (@espn) September 10, 2019
Ronaldo is aging like a fine wine
Six of Ronaldo’s eight hat tricks for Portugal have come after turning 30 years old. The talisman can’t stop scoring, as Lithuania became the 40th different nation Ronaldo has netted against.
The Portuguese forward also beat out Robbie Keane to become the top goalscorer of all time in European qualifiers with 24 goals.
Ronaldo has scored 54 career hat-tricks for club & country, three more games than Lionel Messi.
“I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals,” said Ronaldo. “But because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years.”
In addition to breaking the all-time international goals record, Ronaldo will be looking to repeat as European Champions in 2020.
How many more goals will Ronaldo get before he retires?