Ronaldo, Kane make history in Euro 2024 Qualifying matches
Ronaldo becomes most-capped male player in football history.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal crushed Liechtenstein 4-0 in their opening Euro 2024 qualifying game to commemorate his record-breaking 197th men’s international appearance.
The 38-year-old has now scored 120 goals internationally, a men’s record.
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In Qatar last year, he became the first man to score in five World Cups after making his debut on the international stage in 2003.
Although Ronaldo had surpassed Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa in terms of total World Cup appearances, his future as a member of the national team was in doubt following Portugal’s quarterfinal exit to Morocco.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was benched for Portugal during the tournament but showed why he was chosen as captain in his first match in charge under new boss Roberto Martinez.
The most recent records set by Ronaldo simply serve to emphasize how amazing of a player he is.
He has won seven domestic top-flight championships, 11 additional significant domestic medals, five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, and one European Championship during his illustrious career.
Moreover, the forward who has played for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus has twice been voted the Best Fifa Men’s Player.
In November 2022, he became the first player to score 800 top-level career goals and he also holds a host of other men’s individual records for both club and country.
Meanwhile Harry Kane became England’s all-time record goalscorer as they opened their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a first victory in Italy since 1961.
England won 2-1 in Naples.
Kane wrote his name into the history books in the 44th minute when he beat Gianluigi Donnarumma from the penalty spot for his 54th goal, overtaking previous record holder Wayne Rooney.