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Europe's top international scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo out in front

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored a staggering 109 international goals for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates  scoring against France at UEFA EURO 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against France at UEFA EURO 2020 UEFA via Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European to reach 100 international goals in autumn 2020 and is well out in front as Europe's all-time leading scorer.

The Portugal forward had overtaken Ferenc Puskás's European record of 84 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and achieved his century with a free-kick against Sweden in Solna on 8 September 2020.

Ronaldo's goals: who, what, where, when

He has now equalled the world record of 109 held by Iran's Ali Daei. Several women have amassed 100 international goals, with Christine Sinclair's 186 for Canada the outright world record. The European best of 128 is held by Germany’s Birgit Prinz.

Top five all-time international goalscorers

Ali Daei (Iran) – 109 goals in 149 appearances
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 109 in 179
Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) – 89 in 143
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) – 79 in 111

  • Pelé is 7th with 77 in 92; Lionel Messi (as of 3 July) has 76 in 149.

Europe's all-time top international goalscorers

Watch some of Ronaldo's best European goals
Watch some of Ronaldo's best European goals

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 109 goals in 179 appearances
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 in 137
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 69 in 122
Gerd Müller (West Germany) – 68 in 62
Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) – 68 in 146
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 64 in 98
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) – 62 in 118

Imre Schlosser (Hungary) – 59 in 68
David Villa (Spain) – 59 in 98
Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 59 in 114
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 on 100-goal landmark for Portugal
Ronaldo on 100-goal landmark for Portugal

How Ronaldo's international goals have come

  • Home or away?

Forty-eight of Ronaldo's strikes have come at home (including at UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal), 34 away and 27 on neutral territory.

  • Win, lose or draw?

Ronaldo has scored in 72 games, with Portugal going on to win 59 of them. They have drawn six and lost seven.

  • One, two; a one, two, three, four

Ronaldo has hit nine hat-tricks, including two four-goal salvos. There have been 17 doubles, with the remaining 47 goals coming in single file.

  • Favourite opponents

Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Lithuania in November 2019 took his tally against them to seven, a figure which he equalled against Sweden when scoring his 100th and 101st international goals. He has also hit six against Andorra, Hungary and Luxembourg, plus five against Armenia and Latvia. At UEFA EURO 2020 he has opened his accounts against Germany and France; he has never struck against Italy or England.

  • Records
Ronaldo scores first 'poker' for Portugal
Ronaldo scores first 'poker' for Portugal

Top scorer in UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 45
Top scorer in UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 14
Scored in most UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 5
Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 89
Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 31
First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick

Data correct as of 3 July 2021