Happy Birthday Cristiano Ronaldo: 10 outstanding records and accomplishments that make CR7 an GOAT

Most capped men’s footballer Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most international caps in men’s football. CR7 has made 205 international appearances for Portugal. Ronaldo became the most capped men’s footballer after being named to Portugal’s starting lineup for the Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein. With this, he earned his 197th international cap, passing Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer to score 800 senior-level goals (club and nation combined). Ronaldo accomplished this accomplishment during his second stay with Manchester United, in a match against Premier League rivals Arsenal in November 2022.

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Most international goals in global football | Cristiano Ronaldo now leads the world in goals scored by a player. Ronaldo now holds the record for most international goals scored with 128. Ronaldo overtook Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals in September 2021 with a brace against the Republic of Ireland, becoming the world’s most prolific goal scorer.

The only player to score in 11 straight international tournaments. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first men’s football player to have scored in 11 straight international competitions. Ronaldo scored at least one goal for Portugal in international competitions from 2004 to 2022.

The first player in men’s international history to score ten hat-tricks Cristiano Ronaldo has 10 hat-tricks for Portugal’s senior men’s squad. Ronaldo holds the record for the most hat-tricks in men’s international football. He beat Sven Rydell’s nine-goal record in Portugal’s 5-0 victory over Luxembourg on October 12, 2021.

The first player to score in five distinct World Cup editions | Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male player to score in five World Cups. Ronaldo accomplished the feat in Portugal’s opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar against Ghana. In the 65th minute, the Portugal captain struck from the penalty spot, making scrip history.

Most Champions League appearances: Cristiano Ronaldo has made the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s premier club tournament, with 183.

Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo also owns the record for most Champions League goals. Ronaldo now holds the Champions League scoring record with 140 goals.

Most Champions League goals in a single season | Cristiano Ronaldo scored 17 Champions League goals for Real Madrid in 2013-14. With that, he became the most prolific goalscorer in a single Champions League season. Ronaldo is also second on the record with 16 goals in a single season, and third with 15 goals in a single Champions League campaign.

Most Champions League championship victories | Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League the most times. Ronaldo has won the Champions League a record five times. The Portuguese superstar has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United.

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