Cristiano Ronaldo could break an incredible record today

If Cristiano Ronaldo (38) plays against Liechtenstein in the European Championship qualifier tonight, he will set an impressive record.

If Cristiano Ronaldo plays against Liechtenstein today, he will break a world record. – keystone


the essentials in brief

  • Portugal starts the European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein today at 20:45.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is also there, although not as the sole captain.
  • The 38-year-old should come to his 197th international match – a world record.

“We’ll see if the coach picks me up. I’m ready, »said Cristiano Ronaldo in the run-up to the European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein. If Roberto Martínez uses it, the 38-year-old can look forward to a record.

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It would be the 197th international match for the Portuguese – no other player has played more games for a nation. He would overtake Bader Al-Mutawa (38), who has made 196 appearances for Kuwait.

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Ronaldo made his debut for the national team almost 20 years ago – on August 20, 2003 against Kazakhstan. He scored his first goal less than a year later at the home European Championship against Greece.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in an international match against Luxembourg in May 2004. – keystone

Ronaldo already holds the world record for most international goals – he scored an unbelievable 118 times for Portugal. For comparison: His biggest competitor Lionel Messi celebrated “only” 98 times for Argentina in 172 games.

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