Cristiano Ronaldo has moved clear of Sándor Kocsis in second place in the list of Europe’s all-time leading marksmen.
The Real Madrid forward struck Portugal’s opener in tonight’s European Qualifier against the Faroe Islands, taking him to 76 for his country and ahead of Kocsis, and Ronaldo then completed a hat-trick. His tally of 78 is even one ahead of Pelé’s career total for Brazil, putting Ronaldo joint fifth on the world list.
The 32-year-old still has a little way to go to catch Ferenc Puskás’s European record of 84 goals, but if he continues at this rate with a joint-record 14 in this qualifying campaign alone then there is every chance he will. Ali Daei scored 109 times for Iran, the world record.
Europe’s all-time top international goalscorers
Ferenc Puskás (Hungary Spain) – 84 goals in 89 appearances
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 78 in 146
Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 in 68
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 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 102
How Ronaldo’s international goals have come
- Home or away?
Thirty-nine of Ronaldo’s strikes have come at home, 27 away and 12 at final tournaments.
- Win, lose or draw?
Ronaldo has scored in 54 games, with Portugal going on to win 45 of them. They have drawn four and lost five .
- One, two; a one, two, three, four
Ronaldo has hit four hat-tricks, plus one four-goal salvo. There have been 13 doubles, with the remaining 36 goals coming in the single file.
- Favourite opponents
Five of Ronaldo’s haul have come against each of Armenia, Latvia and Sweden, with four apiece at Andorra, Estonia, the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands’ expense. He has netted against 33 different sides in all but never against France, Spain, Germany, Italy or England.
- Qualifying record
His 14 in the current European Qualifiers campaign equals the record set by Yugoslavia’s Predrag Mijatović in reaching the 1998 FIFA World Cup.