Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7 has now scored 31 more international goals than Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7 has now scored 31 more international goals than Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th international took longer than expected but finally came in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden in the UEFA Nations League.

The 35-year-old scored a brilliant free-kick and added his second with touch of brilliance to hit the 101 mark for his native country.

The Juventus striker has now scored 48 goals in 47 international games since he clocked 30 and has now extended his lead over rival Lionel Messi.

Here are the 25 highest international goalscorers in history

23. Ronaldo (Brazil), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Ahmed Radhi (Iraq): 62 goals

1994 and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo De Lima is tied with Ibrahimovic and Iraqi's Radhi but has the highest goal ratio per game.

22. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast): 65 goals

The Chelsea legend who scored 104 Premier League goals for the Blues is his country's all-time top goalscorer with 65 strikes

19. Gerd Muller (West Germany), Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala), Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland): 68 goals

German legend Muller had an impressive run of goals with 68 out 62 appearances and helping his side win the 1974 World Cup.

15. Lionel Messi (Argentina), Piyapong Pue-on (Thailand), Stern John (Trinidad and Tobago), Hossam Hassan (Egypt): 70 goals.

Messi is now 31 goals behind Ronaldo and is yet to win a silverware for Argentina. With a few years left for him to play anything can still happen.

11. Miroslav Klose (Germany), Kinnah Phiri (Malawi), Majed Abdullah (Saudi Arabia), Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand): 71 goals.

Klose became the highest goalscorer in World Cup history as he helped Germany win the 2014 edition hosted by Brazil.

10. Sunil Chhetri (India): 72 goals

India's Chhetri, 36,is the second active international goalscorer after Ronaldo.

7. Sandor Kocsis (Hungary), Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan), Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait): 75 goals

Kocsis finished his international career with an impressive 75 goals in 68 games.

6. Pele (Brazil): 77 goals

Brazil's all-time leading topscorer and the youngest player to score a goal at the World Cup Pele is sixth on the pile.

5. Hussein Saeed (Iraq): 78 goals

4. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia): 79 goals

3. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary): 84 goals

Real Madrid legend was a prolific goalscorer for his country and the award for the European Golden Boot was named after him.

Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7 has now scored 31 more international goals than Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7 has now scored 31 more international goals than Messi. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 101 goals

Ronaldo is just eight goals away from breaking the all-time goalscoirng record and with the way things are going it is achievable for the Portuguese icon.

1. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals

He scored 36 goals in all the World Cup qualification and 23 strikes in the Asian Cup qualification, 14 goals in the Asian Cup, and the remaining 27 were scored in friendly matches.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo's brace against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League clash took his tally for Portugal to 101.

The 35-year-old scored his 100th with an exquisite free-kick while his second was even a better finish than the first.

He has beaten greats like Thierry Henry of France who scored 51 international goals and Robin Van Persie who has 50 goals before their respective retirements.

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