- Cristiano Ronaldo is international soccer’s greatest ever male goalscorer.
- Scoring twice for Portugal against Ireland in early September took him to 111 goals, more than any other man.
- To commemorate the occasion Insider took a look at all 111 goals, scored across 44 countries and 17 years.
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On September 1, 2021, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a late brace of goals as his side beat Ireland in a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup.
On the surface, it was just another night at the office for the Manchester United forward, but the goals had a much greater significance than simply helping Portugal to a 2-1 win.
Upon scoring his first of the night, Ronaldo became the most prolific goalscorer in the history of international men’s soccer.
He has now bagged 111 goals across 180 appearances for his country, scoring against 44 different countries around the world, from New Zealand to Iceland, and doing so over 17 calendar years.
With his brace against Ireland, Ronaldo overtook Iran’s Ali Daei, who previously held the record for most goals with 109, held since his retirement in 2006. Together, Ronaldo and Daei are the only men in soccer history to score more than 100 international goals.
To commemorate Ronaldo’s incredible feat of goalscoring, Insider decided to take a look at each and every one of the 111 goals, where they happened and when, against whom, and their significance for both Ronaldo and his nation.