Europe’s Top International Goal scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo stays afloat

Europe’s Top International Goal scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo stays afloat amongst the league of other active football players.

Cristiano Ronaldo has a phenomenal and tremendous record of 115 goals for Portugal.

By netting twice at the climax of Portugal’s European Qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on 1 September 2021, he established a new world record for international goals – having earlier been even on 109 together with previous record-holder and ex-Iran forward Ali Daei since last summer’s UEFA EURO 2020.

Ronaldo has since taken his goal total to 115 strikes with yet more goals this autumn: one against Qatar on 9 October and a hat-trick versus Luxembourg three days after.

Top five all-time international goalscorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 115 in 182 appearances

2. Ali Daei (India) – 109 goals in 149
3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) – 89 in 143
4. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89
5= Sunil Chhetri (India) – 80 in 125
5= Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 80 in 155

  • Pelé is 10th with 77 in 92

Other International Records

Top scorer in UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 45

Top scorer in UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 14

Scored in most UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 5

All-time top scorer in international matches: 115

Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 92

Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 34

First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick

“Data Correct as of November 11th, 2021”.

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