Ronaldo breaks men’s scoring record with 2 goals to hit 111

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but still scored twice as Portugal defeated Ireland 2-1 in World Cup qualifying. On Wednesday, Ronaldo scored his 110th goal, moving him ahead of former Iran attacker Ali Daei.

After defender John Egan gave his country the lead in the 45th minute, Ronaldo broke Irish hearts for the 111th time in 180 games.

“I am very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had,” Ronaldo said.

“Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did. We believed until the end.”

However, Ronaldo, who has returned to Manchester United, is still 76 goals behind the game’s all-time leading scorer. Christine Sinclair, 38, scored her 187th goal for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month.

Up until the late heroics, Ronaldo’s night had been frustrating.

Gavin Bazunu, who was barely 2 years old when Ronaldo scored his debut goal for Portugal as a tiny winger at the 2004 European Championship, saved his 15th-minute penalty kick.

Ronaldo’s only victory with Portugal came at the 2016 European Championships.

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