There’s no debate on this one I’m afraid.
When it comes to internationals Cristiano Ronaldo is the GOAT and Lionel Messi doesn’t even come close.
CR7 did again last night as he stabbed home Portugal’s third goal in a 4-2 victory over Serbia.
The goal was a representation of Ronaldo’s transition from a whirlwind all-action winger to a devastating finisher.
He ran in from the the right, timing it to perfection, and got to the ball just in time to clip it over the onrushing Marko Dmitrovic.
Amazingly, it was Ronaldo’s 89th international goal and extended his lead as the top international goalscorer currently playing.
It was further proof, if it was ever needed, that Ronny is far and away the best goalscorer in international football and has been for the past decade.
The Juventus man is a full 17 goals ahead of his nearest rival, India’s Sunil Chhetri, and 21 ahead of his rival for ‘GOAT of the millenium’ Messi.
Even at 34 there is absolutely no sign that Ronaldo could be slowing down when it comes to international football.
He’s scored eight goals in his last nine games for the national side and single-handedly destroyed Switzerland in the Nations League with *another* hat-trick.
However, he still has a long way to go to become the all-time leading goalscorer in international football. That belongs to Ali Daei.
The Iranian scored a whopping 109 times in 149 games (already 10 less than Ronaldo).
But is there a chance Ronaldo could catch the great man and cement his name in international football history?
In 2016 and 2017 he scored 13 and 11 goals respectively, and in the last two years he’s averaged five a year.
20 goals needed to catch Daei, at his current rate Ronaldo would need to keep playing until he was at least 38.
But the man is a machine so we are not going to rule out the possibility of that.
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