Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo broke the men’s international appearance record on Thursday when he made 197 appearances in a Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein.
In Lisbon, Portugal won against Liechtenstein with a score of 4-0. Despite being dropped from the first-choice XI during the World Cup in Qatar last year, the 38-year-old Portuguese player earned his 197th cap for his country and started the match.
During the game, he scored a penalty goal in the 51st minute, which marked his record-extending 120th goal for his country. Furthermore, he became the first player to score 100 goals in competitive international matches. This player is none other than Ronaldo.
Most Capped Player in History
On Wednesday, Ronaldo shared with reporters that breaking records is what motivates him, and he expressed his desire to become the most capped player in history, which would be a proud achievement for him.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Portuguese national team in 2003 and made history last year by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups. Unfortunately, Portugal lost to Morocco in the quarter-finals of that tournament.
Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo is playing for Saudi club Al Nassr, after leaving Manchester United on a sour note during his second spell there. He has already equalled the previous record of 196 caps held by Bader Al-Mutawa of Kuwait when he came on as a substitute in the defeat against Morocco.
About Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo started his professional career with Sporting CP in Portugal before moving to Manchester United in 2003. During his time with Manchester United, he won three Premier League titles, one Champions League title, and numerous individual awards, including his first Ballon d’Or in 2008.
In 2009, Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee of £80 million. He went on to become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer and won four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, and four Ballon d’Or awards during his nine-year tenure with the club.
In 2018, Ronaldo transferred to Juventus for a fee of €100 million. He has continued his impressive goal-scoring record with the Italian club, helping them win two Serie A titles.
Ronaldo is also the all-time leading goal scorer for the Portuguese national team and has represented his country in multiple international tournaments, including the World Cup and the European Championship.