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