Ronaldo breaks goal record in 2-1 comeback win over Ireland

Man United’s newest signing scored in the space of seven minutes to become the most prolific scorer in the history of men’s international football.
Ronaldo breaks goal record in 2-1 comeback win over Ireland
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his record-breaking goal against IrelandGetty

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has become the highest goal scorer in the history of international football after scoring two late goals to help Portugal secure a 2-1 comeback win over the Republic of Ireland.

Ronaldo's late heroics saved Portugal from a shocking defeat in their first World Cup qualifying match against Ireland.

Ronaldo led the Portuguese in their quest to book a spot in Qatar 2022 as the home team hope to put their EURO 2020 disappointment in the past.

And after 15-minutes into the first half, the hosts were awarded a penalty but to the home fans' surprised, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu.

Portugal were stunned before the break when John Egan give the Ireland a deserved lead with his first goal for the country.

Liverpool forward, Diogo Jota, almost drew Portugal level before teh break but he header caught the woodward.

However, United’s newest signing scored in the space of seven minutes to become the most prolific scorer in the history of men’s international football.

The former Juventus star went into this game with 109 goals so far, level on the roll of honour with Iran’s Ali Daei and 101 clear of the combined total mustered by Ireland’s starting XI before this game, UK Guardian reports.

Ronaldo is now in front of the Iranian with 111 goals from 180 games for his country.

Reacting after the match, Ronaldo told Sky Sports, "I’m so happy, very happy, and not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had.

"Two goals at the end of the game, so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did tonight. We believed until the end.

"For the supporters, I’m so glad."

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