Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal national team captain comes off bench to score 102nd international goal

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal national team captain comes off bench to score 102nd international goal

- Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net against Andorra when he headed home in the 85th minute

- The Portugal captain now has 102 international goals to his name

- Ronaldo is just 7 goals away from equaling Ali Daei’s all-time international goals’ record

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Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to the all-time international goal record when he found the back of the net after coming on as a substitute against Andorra.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos decided to rest most of his big players in the friendly match which ended 7-0, ahead of their UEFA Nations League cracker against France on Saturday, November 14.

The likes of Ronaldo, Bernado Silva, Bruno Fernandes as well as Joao Felix were left on the bench and it was 2-0 in their favour at halftime.

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The manager then made a number of half-time substitutions and the Portuguese team scored five goals in the second half, with Ronaldo netting in the 85th minute.

Ronaldo, who missed earlier chances to get a goal, had replaced Pedro Neto, the 20-year-old Wolves forward who was making his debut.

His header has taken his tally to 102 international goals as he is now seven away from Ali Daei who holds the record with 109 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal national team captain comes off bench to score 102nd international goal

Cristiano Ronaldo goes above the Andorran defence to head home his 102nd international goal. Photo: Carlos Rodrigues
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The former Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin striker scored 109 goals in 149 games for Iran between 1993 and 2006.

Meanwhile, reports have it that Juventus are considering a sensational blockbuster swap-deal involving Ronaldo and PSG forward Neymar.

The Portuguese striker is also wanted at Premier League club Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to reunite with his former teammate.

However, PSG could get the deal done as Neymar has been severally linked away from the club, while Juventus are desperate in letting Ronaldo’s massive salary off their wage bill.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the 2019/2020 season witnessed a three-month break following the pandemic but latest ranking shows that Robert Lewandowski is the best player in the world for the season.

Poland captain had a breathtaking season scoring 55 goals in 47 matches and helped the Bundesliga club Bayern Munich win the league as well as the Champions League titles same season.

He had been tipped to win the 2020 edition of the Ballon d’Or before it was cancelled and the 32-year-old would be disappointed having inspired his side to the treble.

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