Cristiano Ronaldo delighted his fans once again, when he reached a career landmark on Monday by scoring his 700th career goal in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Ukraine.
The 34-year-old scored a penalty as Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1. His 700 goals so far have come from 973 matches – and he has scored at least once in 458 of those. His goal in the 2-1 loss to Ukraine was also his 95th for Portugal, leaving only Iranian Ali Daei in front in the international charts on 109 goals. The win for Ukraine, meanwhile, means they have qualified for Euro 2020.
Following is the list of players who scored 700 goals at senior level.
|Josef Bican||1931-1955||Czech-Austrian||Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague||805|
|Romario||1985-2007||Brazilian||Vasco da Gama, PSV, Barcelona||772|
|Pele||1957-1977||Brazilian||Santos, New York Cosmos||767|
|Ferenc Puskas||1943-1966||Hungarian||Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid||746|
|Gerd Muller||1962-1981||German||Bayern Munich||735|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||2002-present||Portuguese||Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus||700|
Ronaldo has scored five goals against Andorra, Armenia, Latvia, and Sweden. He has four goals versus Estonia, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands but has never scored a goal against France, Germany, Italy, or England.
At club level, Sevilla (27), Atletico Madrid (25), Getafe (23), Celta Vigo (20), and Barcelona (18) are the teams Ronaldo has scored the most against. All these teams belong to La Liga.
Ronaldo is no stranger to breaking records. You name it; he has probably broken it.
- Most Champions League goals,
- most goals in a Champions League season,
- most goals for Real Madrid,
- most appearances in European Championships,
- most Portugal caps, to name but a few.
Ronaldo scored for following clubs at senior level-
Statistics for Portugal
His ongoing tussle with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to be considered as the GOAT (Greatest of all time), is legendary. Ronaldo’s goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League at the start of the month took him up to 605 club goals, two above Messi’s 603. The pair is the joint all-time top goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues on 419. Ronaldo has 422 league goals, but his goals for Sporting Lisbon do not count as one of the top leagues.
Ronaldo still needs four Champions League final goals to break Puskas’ and Alfredo di Stefano’s record of seven, while he needs to score in the competition again next season to match Ryan Giggs’ record of netting in 16 consecutive seasons.
All time top scorer in international football