A magical night in Porto! CR7’s three goals against Faroe Islands have placed him ahead of football great Pele in international goals.
In spectacular fashion, the 32-year-old winger delivered as a top marksman at the Estadio do Bessa in his 144th match for the Seleccao. Cristiano scored his first overhead goal, eclipsing Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis to be second on Europe’s all-time top scorer chart, and capped it off by surpassing the Brazilian legend’s 77 goals in 92 appearances with a hat-trick.
Cristiano Ronaldo (hat-trick hoy) acaba de SUPERAR a Pelé y ya es el quinto máximo goleador en TODA la historia del fútbol de selecciones. pic.twitter.com/hV2hesGnlE
— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) August 31, 2017
*Ronaldo is also the fifth all-time national team topscorer around the globe.
The former Santos forward is regarded by most soccer pundits as the best to ever grace the turf. In fact, claiming three World Cup titles is enough to hand Edson Arantes do Nascimento such a mammoth tag.
But Cristiano Ronaldo never stops equaling records and creating numerous ones as well. The Madeira-born attacker was level with Pele after scoring from the spot in the 29th minute. He then followed up with his third of the night from William Carvalho’s pass. That powerful left-footed shot was his 78th international goal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo tonight:
? 48th Career Hat-trick
?? 5th Hat-trick for Portugal
✅ Overtaken Pelé with International Goals Record pic.twitter.com/39JEX1aprp
— Galatasarayizm (@elaleminderdi) August 31, 2017
It was the captain’s fifth hat-trick since playing for Portugal and also the 48th of his trophy-laden career. The match ended 5-1 in what was a great night for the skipper who will be tasked to lead his Iberian nation in their vital World Cup qualifier against Hungary, this Sunday. Overtaking the Samba icon should be enough motivation for CR7 who is now a hat-trick away from surpassing the legendary Ferenc Puskas and become the European player with the most national team goals.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) September 1, 2017
The current Ballon d’Or holder, who is serving a five-match ban in Spain, will return to action at club level on September 13 against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.