The Portuguese captain continues his remarkable goal scoring form for the Selecçao in the World Cup qualifiers as he netted a crucial goal against Andorra.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in a tie with Faroe Island took him ahead of Hungarian legend Sàndor Kocsis on 78 goals to second place in the Europe’s all-time leading marksmen standings with only Ferenc Puskàs in his way.
The Madeira-born talent had racked up 14 goals prior to matchday 9 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with Robert Lewandowski leading the topscorer chart, after scoring a hat-trick against Armenia to reach 15 goals in the European qualifiers. On Saturday night, the Real Madrid superstar once again buried the ball at the back of the net against Tricolors in a penultimate match to apply pressure on the Bayern Munich striker.
His strike took his tally to 30 goals so far in all FIFA World Cup Qualifying games. This feat ranks him above Zlatan Ibrahimovic (19), Edin Dzeko (24) and many European stars. Interestingly, the UEFA Best Player has already recorded half of his total World Cup qualifying goals in the Russia 2018 qualifiers and if he continues at this rate, there is a high chance of more goals in the competition.
CR7 enjoys scoring in the preliminary stages as he already scored 20 goals for the Selecçao das Quinas in EURO Qualifiers, taking his total strikes to 50 in all qualifying matches. It is no coincidence that Cristiano continues to silence critics when it matters most.
Ronaldo’s strike came in the 63rd minute as he brilliantly struck the ball past the goalkeeper.
GOOOAAAALL ! 63' Cristiano Ronaldo.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) October 7, 2017
— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) October 7, 2017
Always there when his team needs him. Best in the World.
— MuhammadFahad. (@TheCristianoGuy) October 7, 2017
— -CR7 Paaji- (@Kakarla07) October 7, 2017