Ronaldo closing on top spot on all-time list of international scorers

Cristiano Ronaldo has now registered 79 international goals, taking him to within five of Europe's all-time top scorer Ferenc Puskás.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Andorra
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Andorra ©AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has moved a step closer to Ferenc Puskás's record as Europe's all-time leading marksmen.

The current Real Madrid forward, on as a half-time substitute, struck Portugal's opener in tonight's European Qualifier against Andorra, taking him to 79 for his country. His tally is two ahead of Pelé's career total for Brazil, putting Ronaldo joint fourth on the world list.

The 32-year-old still has a little way to go to catch Puskás's European record of 84 goals, but if he continues at this rate with a joint-record 15 in this qualifying campaign alone then there is every chance he will. Ali Daei scored 109 times for Iran, the world record, followed by Puskás and Japan's Kunishige Kamamoto (80).

Ronaldo scores first 'poker' for Portugal
Ronaldo scores first 'poker' for Portugal

Europe's all-time top international goalscorers
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 goals in 89 appearances
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 79 in 146
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
Jan Koller (Czech Republic) – 55 in 91
Joachim Streich (East Germany) – 55 in 102
Wayne Rooney (England) – 53 in 119
Poul Nielsen (Denmark) – 52 in 38
Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 52 in 88
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark) – 52 in 112
Lajos Tichy (Hungary) – 51 in 72
Hakan Sükür (Turkey) – 51 in 112
Thierry Henry (France) – 51 in 123
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?

Thirty-nine of Ronaldo's strikes have come at home, 28 away and 12 at final tournaments.

  • Win, lose or draw?

Ronaldo has scored in 55 games, with Portugal going on to win 46 of them. They have drawn four and lost five.

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

Ronaldo has hit four hat-tricks, plus one four-goal salvo. There have been 13 doubles, with the remaining 37 goals coming in the single file.

  • Favourite opponents

Five of Ronaldo's haul have come against each of Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Sweden, with four apiece at Estonia, the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands' expense. He has netted against 33 different sides in all but never against France, Spain, Germany, Italy or England.

  • Qualifying record

His 15 in the current European Qualifiers campaign equallled the record set by Poland's Robert Lewandowski on Thursday, though the Poland striker moved one clear on Sunday.

Data correct as of 7 October 2017