Cristiano Ronaldo has Europe’s top three all-time leading marksmen in his sights after taking his tally to nine in four games in the European Qualifiers.
Ronaldo’s tally of 70 goals from 137 caps is good enough for fourth on the all-time list, moving ahead of Gerd Müller and Robbie Keane. Next in the 32-year-old’s sights is Miroslav Klose on 71. He has some way to go to catch Ferenc Puskás’s record of 84 goals, but if he continues at his current rate then there is every chance he will.
Europe’s all-time top international goalscorers
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary Spain) – 84 goals in 89 appearances
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 in 137
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 70 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 97
Jan Koller (Czech Republic) – 55 in 91
Joachim Streich (East Germany) – 55 in 102
Wayne Rooney (England) – 53 in 117
Poul Nielsen (Denmark) – 52 in 38
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 101
How Ronaldo’s international goals have come
- Home or away?
Thirty-five of Ronaldo’s strikes have come at home, 25 away and ten at final tournaments.
- Win, lose or draw?
Ronaldo has scored in 49 games, with Portugal going on to win 41 of them. They have drawn four and lost four.
- One, two; a one, two, three, four
Ronaldo has hit three hat-tricks, plus one four-goal salvo. There have been 12 doubles, with the remaining 33 goals coming in the single file.
- Favourite opponents
Five of Ronaldo’s haul have come against Armenia, with four apiece versus Andorra, Estonia, Netherlands and Sweden. He has netted against 33 different sides in all but never against France, Spain, Germany, Italy or England.