Ronaldo’s 93 Portugal goals: All the 40 teams he’s scored against

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Cristiano Ronaldo record: 93 Portugal goals, 40 different teams, 37 Portugal assists, 2 major titles

Cristiano Ronaldo’s list of victims includes the likes of Argentina, Belgium, 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia, Netherlands, and heavyweights Spain.

Debunking the negative propaganda that “Ronaldo scores only against small teams” and “Ronaldo does not show up on the big stage”, facts, stats, history and what have you prove the massive positive influence that the 34-year-old has had on his tiny Iberian country since breaking into the senior team in August 2003. Following his first-ever Portugal goal, which occurred in an opening game defeat to eventual champions Greece at Euro 2004, CR7 has transformed from a 19-year-old starlet to the best skipper in Europe and, arguably, the world.

No European player – active or retired, dead or alive – has netted as many international goals as Ronaldo. Only 17 separate him from dethroning Iranian icon Ali Daei as the highest goalscorer at national team level in the history of World Football. For Ronaldo, 17 is not much. This is a player who bangs hat-tricks for fun. He’s got 8 for Portugal as of now.

Against Lithuania on Matchday 6 of the UEFA European qualifiers, he exhibited experience and maturity by finding back his composure in the second half after looking frustrated during the final 30 minutes of the first period. The Juventus superstar poached his 91st, 92nd, and 93rd goals in only 10 minutes in the second half after breaking the deadlock in the 5th minute through the penalty spot. His four goals were the fruits of only 5 shots on target across 79 minutes of play. Efficiency.

160 caps, 93 goals, 40 different victims, 37 assists, and 2 major titles with a habit of putting in solid performances in semi-finals and do-or-die qualifying matches is no fluke. Zlatan Ibrahimovic would recall how Ronaldo’s one-man show in the 2014 UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs prevented the Swedes from enjoying some Brazilian sunshine. Naysayers are still shocked at how Ronaldo’s backheel goal against Hungary in the 2016 European Championship lifted Portugal from the group stages before they went all the way to clinch the cup. The history books of the UEFA Nations League will forever maintain Ronaldo’s name as the first captain to lift this new competition’s trophy and his semi-final hat-trick against Switzerland, as much as his triplet against giants Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will remain a classic.

Below is the list of countries, in alphabetical order, against which Cristiano Ronaldo has scored en route to surpassing the 90-goal milestone under Portugal’s colors:

  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Belgium
  6. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  7. Cameroon
  8. Croatia
  9. Cyprus
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Ecuador
  13. Egypt
  14. Estonia
  15. Faroe Islands
  16. Finland
  17. Ghana
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Iran
  22. Kazakhstan
  23. Latvia
  24. Lithuania
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Morocco
  27. Netherlands
  28. New Zealand
  29. North Korea
  30. Northern Ireland
  31. Panama
  32. Poland
  33. Russia
  34. Saudi Arabia
  35. Serbia
  36. Slovakia
  37. Spain
  38. Sweden
  39. Switzerland
  40. Wales

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