Ronaldo or Messi? The age-old debate that every football fan has found themselves entwined in at one stage or another.
Whilst Lionel Messi has been grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons as of late, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first ever European footballer to hit the 100 International goals mark as his side Portugal overcame Sweden in a convincing 2-0 victory.
It was never going to be a tap-in either for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as he curled a superb free kick into the top corner. In the second half he bagged his second to bring his total to 101 goals. Just over 16 years ago, Ronaldo netted his first goal for his country at the EURO 2004 competition where they would go on to lose the final to Greece in of the tournament’s biggest ever upsets.
However, Ronaldo would lead his team to victory in the same competition 12 years later as Portugal clinched the EURO 2016 trophy.
Brazilian icon and the country’s top scorer, Pele, was quick to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo on twitter on this momentous occasion.
Eu pensava que iríamos comemorar 100 gols hoje. Mas foram 101! Parabéns @Cristiano, por cada passo adiante em sua jornada!
— Pelé (@Pele) September 8, 2020
Pele made it known recently that he stands on the Ronaldo side of the fence in the aforementioned Messi-Ronaldo debate, stating that Ronaldo is the most consistent with his performances.
Not only is Ronaldo consistent, but he is also determined to be the greatest. When interviewed after the win over Sweden, there was only one thing on his mind. Iranian Ali Daei and his world record number of International goals which stands at 109. A mere nine goals away from beating that record, there is no stopping Ronaldo now.