Portugal won on Tuesday night by 5-1 in Lithuania, and once again, it was Cristiano Ronaldo the protagonist of the match, by scoring 4 goals that allowed him to set more records on his career at a stage where his 34 years of age don’t even seem to get in his way.
Cristiano Ronaldo on track to break more records: Top goal scorer in EURO qualifiers
Robbie Keane left the throne as top goal scorer in EURO 2020 qualifiers last night, because Ronaldo reached the 25 goals and surpassed the Irish player, and it is now likely that he will crush that record, since Portugal will still face Luxembourg twice and Lithuania once more on this qualification stage.
The match even started well for Portugal, with a goal through a penalty at the 8th minute. However, they kept wasting chances to increase their advantage to 2-0 and they were still scared before half-time, going into the break with the scoreline tied.
Luckily, on the 2nd half, a “blunder” from the Lithuanian goalkeeper broke the deadlock and Portugal strolled towards a comfortable victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charge, proving once again that he is one of the most lethal players in world football.
Cristiano Ronaldo on track to break more records: Ali Daei better watch out!
The historical Iranian striker Ali Daei will be thinking that his record can effectively be surpassed in the near future.
Playing for Iran, the attacker scored 109 international goals, benefitting from a long career and very easy matches against weak Asian sides during his period at the top.
Now, Cristiano Ronaldo reached the 93 goals for Portugal and nobody doubts that he can get closer to the 110 goals scored until the end of his career, in case the physical problems stay away.
Looking at CR7’s path playing for Portugal, it is clear that he also turned into a goal scorer rather than the talented winger he was at first, and his evolution in terms of goals’ record for Portugal is the reflection of that.
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🥇 Record in Qualifiers beating 🇮🇪Keane
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Ronaldo is right now a true goal scorer, while at the start of his career, he worked more as a space creator from the wing.
Thinking that Cristiano Ronaldo might play for 3 more seasons, at least, it is legitimate that the Portuguese attacker has that ambition to surpass Ali Daei as the top international goal scorer in history.
With a qualification campaign for the EURO 2020 still on its midway point, and then the final stage of the competition and the entire path until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar still to be played, he will have a lot of opportunities to score goals and seriously get closer to making history.
Gaining momentum for the new season
As it is known, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have a strong season on his debut year for Juventus, although he had been very influential in the Champions League, but still, I believe that the Portuguese player has the ambition of improving his performance this season and for that, he counts with the attacking football of Maurizio Sarri on Juventus.
He will have the strong competition of remarkable attackers such as Romelu Lukaku, Piatek or Ciro Immobile. However, if he is in form, he will be hard to stop.
On the Champions League, Juventus is a bit of an outsider since Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona are the big favourites to winning the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s team is only in 5th place of the list with odds of 11.00 on Bet365, but they certainly won’t settle for a potential arrival to the quarter or semi-finals, because it turns out their big objective is being European champions.
In the Champions League, Ronaldo isn’t the main favourite to be top goal scorer of the competition, presenting odds of 5.50 and being behind Lionel Messi.
On the past season, the Argentinian attacker recovered his status of top goal scorer of the competition, but previously, it was Ronaldo that was dominating for a couple of years, so this will be an individual award that is perfectly within his reach for the new season.
Witnessing history take place every year
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s career is a privilege for football fans, because the Portuguese player keeps surpassing himself year after year to the surprise of some and the comprehension of others.
Those that were used to see the Portuguese start showing new things every year, won’t exactly be surprised by the fact that he is still showcasing his brilliance right now, but his consistent performance level at 34 years of age is still remarkable.