🐐 Comparing CR7's international goal tally with other greats of the beautiful game
🐐 Comparing CR7's international goal tally with other greats of the beautiful game
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🐐 Comparing CR7's international goal tally with other greats of the beautiful game

The Portugal icon is now just one strike away from a century of goals for his country.

He'll have to wait a while to get the opportunity to bring up his century with European Championship Qualifiers done and dusted, but it gives us time to reflect on Ronaldo's astonishing goal stats. 

Here's how he stacks up against other modern greats. 

🇵🇹🇧🇷🇦🇷 Ronaldo vs other GOATs

  • Cristiano Ronaldo - 99
  • Pelé - 77
  • Lionel Messi - 70
  • Ronaldo Nazário - 62
  • Neymar Júnior - 61
  • Diego Maradona - 34

Cristiano is still 10 goals behind Ali Daei, the Iranian legend who's scored more international goals than any other player in history, and CR7 will have that 109 mark firmly in his sights.

🔥 CR7's Portugal goals by year

  • 2004: 7
  • 2005: 2
  • 2006: 6
  • 2007: 5
  • 2008: 1
  • 2009: 1
  • 2010: 3
  • 2011: 7
  • 2012: 5
  • 2013: 10
  • 2014: 5
  • 2015: 3
  • 2016: 13
  • 2017: 11
  • 2018: 6
  • 2019: 14

Cristiano turned 34 in February this year, yet 2019 has been his most productive in terms of goal return at international level. That in itself is a ridiculous accomplishment. 

We'll have to wait until 2020 to see Portugal in action again, as the European Champions start to plan in earnest for their European Championship title defence at Euro 2020. It will be rather fitting if he brings up his century at a major tournament, something he is highly likely to do. What a career and at 34, there's still a bit left in the tank.

Back to the club scene, Ronaldo has been substituted twice before the 90-minute mark by Maurizio Sarri in recent weeks, away to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League and at home to Milan in Serie A. Let's see what happens when the great man and Juventus travel to Atalanta this coming weekend. 

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