Cristiano Ronaldo makes it 117 international goals with brace for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo was back in Portugal’s starting line-up for their UEFA Nations League match with Switzerland on Sunday night.

Ronaldo had been a substitute for their 1-1 draw against Spain last week. The rest appeared to do him good.

A dream first 45 minutes saw Ronaldo have a hand in all three of Portugal’s first half goals as they raced into a lead, going on to win comfortably.

Now his lead as the all-time international record goalscorer has been further extended.

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Ronaldo makes it 117 international goals

Ronaldo’s early free-kick effort hit the target, testing goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. He could only parry it into the path of midfielder William Carvalho, who scored to put Portugal 1-0 up.

In the 35th minute came the first of two Ronaldo goals in a five-minute span, with Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes playing a key role in both of them.

Fernandes won a tackle in Switzerland’s half before Diogo Jota played Ronaldo in, and he lashed a powerful strike high into the net from the edge of the box, a really clinical finish.

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Ronaldo’s second goal was less explosive, more a result of his knack of being in the right place at the right time.

Good work from Fernandes on the left wing saw him nutmeg an opponent, before Nuno Mendes and Diogo Jota combined for a shot, with Ronaldo turning in the rebound.

Portugal went on to win 4-0, with Joao Cancelo adding a goal in the second half. Ronaldo played all 90 minutes.

Ronaldo became the all-time record international goalscorer last year when he broke Ali Daei’s record to move to 111. Now he is busy extending it further, now on 117 international goals.

The Manchester United star said last week he no longer chases records, because ‘records follow me’. He’s not wrong.

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