As if this week couldn’t get better for Cristiano Ronaldo. After securing a sensational return to Manchester United earlier this week, the mercurial goalscorer proved his worth once again when Portugal faced off against Ireland.
The two sides met in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday and alongside the 36-year-old was Bruno Fernandes, who also started for his country in the encounter. Ronaldo had a first-half penalty saved by the Irish goalkeeper and Ireland would eventually take the lead late in the first half.
It was, however, Ronaldo who would have the last laugh. Late in the game, he broke the record for most international goals by scoring his 110th, surpassing Iran’s Ali Daei (109 goals), to make it 1-1.
WOW, WOW, WOW 🔥
Ronaldo has done it again 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/TOWu9HFqMC
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 1, 2021
Footage courtesy of Sky Sports
It seemed like the game would end in a draw but Ronaldo had other plans. Just seconds before the full-time whistle, the former Real Madrid forward scored his 111th goal for Portugal and the winner – in the 96th minute, as seen above.
Clearly, even at the age of 36, Ronaldo remains one of the best players in the world and the Old Trafford faitfhul will be there to enjoy it for the next two years.