Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a mega record with a brace

No player has played more international matches

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a mega record with a brace

Tongue out, arms outstretched – that’s how Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal. But there was a very special reason against Liechtenstein., IMAGO/Sports Press Photo, IMAGO/Valter Gouveia/SPP

March 24, 2023 at 2:27 p.m

Cristiano Ronaldo has already set numerous records. Now the 38-year-old can even adorn himself with a world record. With 197 international matches, the Portuguese is now the sole record international – for Portugal and worldwide.

A title that is not made of precious metal

Three-time world footballer, European champion and five-time Champions League winner – that’s just a small selection from Cristiano Ronaldo’s collection of titles. Since Thursday evening it has been enriched by another title. One that is not made of precious metal.

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The 38-year-old made his 197th appearance for the Portuguese Seleção in the international match against Liechtenstein. World record: No player in the world has ever played more for a national team.

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The record will probably be extended

The fact that he even scored two goals in the 4-0 triumph over the small Alpine country seemed almost like a side note in the evening. In the 51st minute he coldly placed a penalty kick in the left corner. In the usual Ronaldo manner – with a meter-long run-up – the record national player converted a free kick to make it 4-0. Before that, he had hardly made an appearance. New Portugal coach Roberto Martinez replaced him in the 78th minute.

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And Ronaldo? Unlike in the past, he accepted the decision without hesitation and in the end was even “proud” of his world record. He wrote this via Instagram after the game. His followers will probably read this more often in the coming months, because there could be more appearances in addition to the 197 international matches. Seleção boss Martinez made no secret of his intention to continue to draw on experience from Cristiano Ronaldo. “CR7” can continue to make history. (dpa/rdr)

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