‘Records come looking for me!’: Cristiano Ronaldo insists he doesn’t chase milestones as he revels in incredible 700 goals from 976 games
- Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 700th goal for club and country on Monday
- His penalty for Portugal in a 2-1 loss against Ukraine brought up the milestone
- The Juventus forward says he is not obsessed with breaking personal records
- Ronaldo is 15 goals away from scoring the most goals in international football
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he doesn’t go chasing records after his strike for Portugal on Monday saw him hit 700 goals in his career for club and country.
The Portugal captain scored a second-half penalty against Ukraine to reach the milestone – his 95th strike for his county.
Although the reigning European champions went onto lose 2-1, and therefore practically concede first place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group to their opponents, all the talk post-match was of Ronaldo’s astonishing feat.
Cristiano Ronaldo converts a second-half penalty to bring his career goals tally to 700
Ronaldo celebrates his strike, but it wasn’t enough as Ukraine ran out 2-1 winners in Kiev
CRISTIANO RONALDO’S 700
- Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003): Five goals in 31 appearances
- Manchester United (2003-2009): 118 goals in 292 appearances
- Real Madrid (2009-2018): 450 goals in 438 appearances
- Juventus (2018-present): 32 goals in 51 appearances
- Portugal (2003-present): 95 in 162 appearances
‘Not just anyone can reach this figure,’ Ronaldo told reporters.
‘Thank you to my team-mates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am.
‘I am disappointed that we didn’t win, but proud of the team.’
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the sixth player in the history of the game to score 700 career goals or more, joining the likes of Romario and Pele.
His great rival Lionel Messi trails him on 672, but Ronaldo himself has some way to go if he wants to break the all-time record – former Czech Republic forward Josef Bican notched a staggering 800 goals between 1931 and 1950.
‘How many records do I have? I don’t know,’ Ronaldo continued.
‘I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark.
‘Records come naturally – I don’t go looking for them, records come looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally.’
Ronaldo’s goal against Ukraine was his 95th for his country in his 162nd international match
Ronaldo will now set his sights on the all-time international goalscoring record, held by Ali Daei.
The former Iran forward scored 109 times in 149 games for his country, while 34-year-old Ronaldo is currently on 95 from 162 caps.
Ronaldo’s 700 goals have come from 976 senior matches, and with no end to the Portuguese’s prolific form in front of goal for both Juventus and Portugal, he could rack up a lot more as he nears the climax of his career.