Cristiano Ronaldo: Pele hails Portuguese star after scoring 101 international goals

Cristiano Ronaldo: Pele hails Portuguese star after scoring 101 international goals

- Cristiano Ronaldo crossed a century of goals for Portugal

- The 35-year-old powered his country to a 2-0 victory over Sweden in their UEFA Nations League tie

- Ronaldo's brace has now taken his tally to 101 goals as he chases Ali Daei 109 goals record

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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the second player in history to score 100 international goals.

The 35-year-old forward scored a superb brace as Portugal outshine Sweden in their UEFA Nations League encounter at the Friends Arena.

Ronaldo's double in Tuesday night's encounter took the attacker's tally to 101 for his national team - with eight more to equal the 109 goals record currently held by Iranian legend Ali Daei.

Brazil legend was however one of the first few to congratulate the former Real Madrid attacker for the feat he recently achieved.

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The 79-year-old who found the back of the net 77 times for his country said he thought Ronaldo would score just one in the game, but the five-time Ballon d'Or winner ended up with a brace.

"I thought we were going to celebrate 100 goals today, but it was actually 101 goals. Pele wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations Cristiano Ronaldo as you reach new heights in your journey."

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Ronaldo will have a chance to increase his tally when Portugal face-off with former world champions Spain in their next Nations League fixture in October.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Football legend Pele hails Portuguese star after scoring 101 international goals

Cristiano Ronaldo receiving iconic La Liga award after his unbeatable contributions to the successes of the league. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, the winger's arch-rival Lionel Messi sits fifth on the goals record with 70 goals across international competitions for Argentina.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has further validated his Greatest of all Time status after netting his 100th international goal in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden in their UEFA Nations League clash.

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The 35-year-old Juventus superstar became the second player in history to net a century of goals for his country after Iranian legend Ali Daei who has 109 goals credited to him.

Malaysia's Mokhtar Dahari ranks third on the chart with 85 goals while India's Sunil Chhetri is next and the 36-year-old already recorded 72 international goals, two ahead of Lionel Messi.

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