Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in Portugal’s history after scoring two more in the 5-1 win over Cameroon. This was a friendly match that gave manager Paulo Bento the opportunity to test some of the players. However, Ronaldo was at his usual best after he scored two more goals to reach 49 goals in just 110 appearances for the national team. This is more than any other player has achieved in Portugal’s history. After achieving this landmark, the Real Madrid superstar said that records come to him naturally as he has broken several in the last decade.
Former PSG striker Pauleta held the previous record by scoring 47 in 88 matches for the national team. Ronaldo recently won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second time in his career. He says that he is not going onto the pitch with the sole motivation of breaking records. However, his dedication, effort, and the quality of the national team means that he was going to break the record at one time or the other. Ronaldo is very close to breaking the record of Portugal legend Luis Figo’s appearance record of 127 senior caps.
It was a comfortable win for Portugal, who have qualified for the World Cup 2014 through the play-offs after beating Sweden. Ronaldo was once again the star of the show by scoring all four goals in the 4-2 aggregate win.
“I do not look to beat records. This happens naturally, with a lot of effort, dedication, with the excellent national team we have, a good coach. I knew that sooner or later it was going to happen,” said Ronaldo. The 28-year-old has already scored more than 35 goals in just 34 appearances for Real Madrid this season. He is top of the goal scoring charts in Spain.