Cristiano Ronaldo scores four: Europe’s top international scorer


Cristiano Ronaldo has further strengthened his position as Europe’s all-time leading international marksman; he now has nine more goals than second-placed Ferenc Puskás following four goals against Lithuania in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.

Ronaldo first moved above Puskás by scoring the opener in Portugal’s 2018 FIFA World Cup game against Morocco. He added another three goals to his tally in the UEFA Nations League semi-final against Switzerland. The 34-year-old subsequently struck once in qualifying against Serbia on Saturday before registering four more in Vilnius.

Iran’s Ali Daei (109) is the only player in world football to have outscored him.

Ronaldo scores first 'poker' for Portugal

Ronaldo scores first ‘poker’ for Portugal

Europe’s all-time top international goalscorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 93 goals in 160 appearances
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 in 137
Gerd Müller (West Germany) – 68 in 62
Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) – 68 in 146
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) – 62 in 116
Imre Schlosser (Hungary) – 59 in 68
David Villa (Spain) – 59 in 98
Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 58 in 105
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 57 in 108
Jan Koller (Czech Republic) – 55 in 91
Joachim Streich (East Germany) – 55 in 102
Wayne Rooney (England) – 53 in 120
Poul Nielsen (Denmark) – 52 in 38
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark) – 52 in 112
Thierry Henry (France) – 51 in 123
Hakan Sükür (Turkey) – 51 in 112
Lajos Tichy (Hungary) – 51 in 72
Robin van Persie (Netherlands) – 50 in 102

Ronaldo scored four against Andorra

Ronaldo scored four against Andorra©AFP/Getty Images

How Ronaldo’s international goals have come

  • Home or away?

Forty-three of Ronaldo’s strikes have come at home (including at UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal), 35 away and 15 on neutral territory.

  • Win, lose or draw?

Ronaldo has scored in 61 games, with Portugal going on to win 51 of them. They have drawn five and lost five.

  • One, two; a one, two, three, four
Cristiano Ronaldo: My Portugal story

Cristiano Ronaldo: My Portugal story

Ronaldo has hit eight hat-tricks, including two four-goal salvos. There have been 14 doubles, with the remaining 39 goals coming in single file.

  • Favourite opponents

Five of Ronaldo’s haul have come against each of Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Sweden, with four apiece versus Estonia, Faroe Islands, Lithuania and the Netherlands. He has never struck against France, Germany, Italy or England.

Top scorer in UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 34
Top scorer in UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 9 (level with Michel Platini)
Scored in most UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 4
Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 72
Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 30
First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick

Data correct as of 10 September 2019

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