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

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a staggering 115 international goals for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 115 times for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 115 times for Portugal SPORTSFILE

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European to reach 100 international goals during the autumn of 2020 – and, following his latest exploits with Portugal, he is now well out in front as both Europe's and the world's all-time leading scorer.

Ronaldo had first overtaken Ferenc Puskás's European record of 84 national-team goals while starring for Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and he later achieved his century with a free-kick against Sweden in Solna on 8 September 2020.

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

By netting twice at the climax of Portugal's European Qualifier with Republic of Ireland on 1 September 2021, he established a new world record for international goals – having been sat on 109 together with previous record-holder and ex-Iran forward Ali Daei since last summer's UEFA EURO 2020. Ronaldo has since taken his total to 115 strikes with yet more goals this autumn: one against Qatar on 9 October and a hat-trick versus Luxembourg three days later.

Top five all-time international goalscorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 115 in 184 appearances
2. Ali Daei (Iran) – 109 goals in 149
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) – 89 in 142
4. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
5= Sunil Chhetri (India) – 80 in 125
5= Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 80 in 158

  • Pelé is 10th with 77 in 92

Europe's all-time top international goalscorers

Great Ronaldo Portugal goals
Great Ronaldo Portugal goals

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 115 goals in 184 appearances
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 74 in 128
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 in 137
Gerd Müller (West Germany) – 68 in 62
Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) – 68 in 146
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 68 in 101
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) – 62 in 120

Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 60 in 118
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 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

How Ronaldo's international goals have come

  • Home or away?
Ronaldo on 100-goal landmark for Portugal
Ronaldo on 100-goal landmark for Portugal

Fifty-four of Ronaldo's strikes have come at home (including the five he scored at UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal), 33 away and 28 on neutral territory.

  • Win, lose or draw?

Ronaldo has scored in 75 games, with Portugal going on to win 62 of them. They have drawn six and lost seven.

  • One, two; a one, two, three, four

Ronaldo has hit ten hat-tricks, including two four-goal salvos. There have been 18 doubles, with the remaining 47 goals coming in single file.

  • Favourite opponents

Ronaldo’s treble against Luxembourg in October 2021 raised his tally against the Grand Duchy to nine goals. He has struck seven times, meanwhile, against both Lithuania and Sweden. Other teams to have suffered at his feet or head are Andorra, Hungary (six goals conceded), Armenia and Latvia (both five). At UEFA EURO 2020 he opened his accounts against Germany and France; however, 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
All-time top scorer in international matches: 115
Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 92
Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 34
First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick

Data correct as of 15 November 2021