Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal yesterday in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying.
The goal came from the penalty spot in the game’s 72nd minute with Portugal trailing by two goals.
The 700 goal milestone has come from just 974 games — he’s scored at least one goal in 458 of those matches.
As a demonstration of Ronaldo's versatility, 127 of his 700 goals have been headers.
In a post-game interview, Ronaldo expressed his gratitude, saying “Not just anyone can reach this figure. Thank you to my teammates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am. I am disappointed that we didn’t win, but proud of the team.”
“How many records do I have? I don’t know,” he added.
“I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark. The last time I played at this ground I won the Champions League (against Liverpool in 2018), a beautiful moment that is in the past. Today we played well but couldn’t win.
“Records come naturally – I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally.”
Current active goalscorers
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus): 700 goals in 973 games.
- Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona): 672 goals in 828 games.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, LA Galaxy): 535 goals in 902 games.
- Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona): 462 goals in 728 games.
- Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich): 447 goals in 691 games.
Can Ronaldo break the all-time scoring record?
Speculation surrounds whether or not this is Ronaldo’s last season before he retires. “I do not believe in the slightest that he will leave at the end of the season or later,” said Sporting director Fabio Paratici.
Ronaldo is just the 6th player ever to score 700 goals, following the likes of Pele, Romario, Ferenc Puskas, Gerd Muller, and Josef Bican.
Bican holds the record for a whopping 805 strikes from 1931 to 1955. While 34-year-old Ronaldo is unlikely to beat the all-time record holder, he's still most likely to break Ali Daei’s international goal record of 109 strikes.
Ronaldo holds the record for most Champions League goals of all-time (127), including those scored in a single Champions League season (17).