Cristiano Ronaldo: Iranian legend Daei wants Portuguese to break his 109 goals record

Cristiano Ronaldo: Iranian legend Daei wants Portuguese to break his 109 goals record

- Cristiano Ronaldo is chasing Ali Daei's international goals record

- The 51-year-old scored 109 goals during his reign for his national team

- With Ronaldo on 102 goals, Ronaldo has seven more goals to equal the Iranian's feat

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Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals to equal Ali Daei's international goals record.

The 35-year-old has 102 goals in 169 appearances for Portugal in all competitions and the Juventus attacker is not looking tired just yet.

He has a chance to increase his tally when they clash against Croatia in Tuesday's UEFA Nations League encounter.

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And the 51-year-old former football star is hoping that the former Real Madrid forward will break his record as reported by SunSport.

Video footage shows how long Ronaldo stayed in the air before scoring his 102nd goal for Portugal
"I sincerely hope that Cristiano Ronaldo will reach my goal record for the national team. In no way [would I be hurt], it would be a real honour for me if a player in his class could do it.

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Top five highest goalscorers for their national teams in history

  • Ali Daei - Iran - 109 goals - 149 caps
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal - 102 goals - 169 caps
  • Mokhtar Dahari - Malaysia - 88 goals - 131 caps
  • Ferenc Puskás - Hungary - 84 goals - 85 caps
  • Godfrey Chitalu - Zambia - 79 goals - 111 caps
"Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players not only of his time but of all time. He is an absolute phenomenon. I would congratulate him directly. But first he has to get there.
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"Cristiano Ronaldo already has 102 goals for Portugal and will beat my record, I'm sure of that, but he still has seven goals to go."

Coach Fernando Santos' men will have a chance to bounce back to winning ways when they face World Cup finalists Croatia - a chance to beat France and win Nations League group A3.

And this might hand the Juventus attacker the chance to add to his numbers before Euro 2020 warm-up games and the potential opportunity to break the record during the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Iranian legend Ali Daei wants Portuguese to break his 109 goals record

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to dribble two French players during their UEFA Nations League game. Photo by Carlos Rodrigues.
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Meanwhile, the defending champions have been grouped alongside Hungary, France and Germany in Group F. earlier reported that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given his personal opinion about the unending debate on who the better player is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine, as well as the Portuguese sensation, have put the entire football world on a standstill for close to two decades as they continue to shatter and set new records.

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A debate over the pair could be branded as religion as fans, pundits, as well as footballers, have pitched their tent for either of the icons.

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