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Cristiano Ronaldo: All-time leading scorer in men's international football

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the world record for international goals, having taken his tally to 115 in October 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo is clear as the record men's international goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo is clear as the record men's international goalscorer AFP via Getty Images

How many goals has Ronaldo scored for Portugal?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a world record 115 goals in 186 international games since making his Portugal debut in 2003.

When did Ronaldo break the international goals record?

Ronaldo broke the world record for international goals when he scored twice against Republic of Ireland in Portugal's European Qualifier in Faro-Loulé on 1 September 2021, aged 36. He surpassed the existing world-record mark set by former Iran forward Ali Daei – who remains the only other men's player to have claimed a century of international goals.

Has Ronaldo scored every year since making his Portugal debut?

Ronaldo didn't score in his first two appearances, in 2003, but has since registered for 18 years running, up until 2021.

Leading international scorers

Great Ronaldo Portugal goals
Great Ronaldo Portugal goals

115 Cristiano Ronaldo* (Portugal) – 186 appearances
Ali Daei (Iran) – 149 appearances
89 Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) – 142 appearances
84 Ferenc Puskás (Hungary) – 89 appearances
81 Lionel Messi* (Argentina) – 160 appearances
Sunil Chhetri* (India) – 125 appearances
Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) – 111 appearances
Ali Mabkhout* (United Arab Emirates) – 105 appearances
Hussein Saeed (Iraq) – 137 appearances
77 Pelé (Brazil) – 92 appearances
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 68 appearances
75 Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan) – 76 appearances
75 Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait) – 134 appearances
75 Robert Lewandowski* (Poland) – 129 appearances

*still active

Data correct as of 30 March 2022