Ronaldo nears 100 wins for Portugal

Madeiran set for another landmark

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The Diario reports that Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain, on Wednesday, against Andorra record his 100th victory for the Portuguese football team, more than 17 years after his debut.

Ronaldo missed out on reaching the 100 mark in Portugal’s last three internationals after testing positive for COVID-19, but now he has the opportunity to create another unique recordin what will be his 168th international.

The newspaper observes that, if used against Andorra, it is certain that the current Juventus player will reach 100 triumphs, in a course that started on his debut, on August 20, 2003, in Chaves, with a victory 1-0 against Kazakhstan – a few days after signing for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon. At the inauguration of Sportings’s new José Alvalade Stadium, Ronaldo, then 18, was came on as a sub.

It was the first of, until now, 99 triumphs for Ronaldo in the service of the Portuguese football team, many of which were decided by his goals, which currently number slightly more than his appearances at 101, the last two in Sweden (2-0), on September 8th.

In total, Ronaldo has beaten 53 different countries, 35 from Europe (UEFA), nine from Africa (CAF), four from Asia (AFC), two from South America (CONMEBOL), two North, Central and Caribbean (CONCACAF) and one from Oceania (OFC).

Most wins came at home (46) – with 30 on neutral grounds and 23 away from home. 54 have come while playing for Real Madrid, 37 at Manchester United, and 8 at Juventus, for whom he has played since 2018/19.

Portugal’s frienly match against Andorra will take place behind closed doors tomorrow night at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon.

4 thoughts on “Ronaldo nears 100 wins for Portugal”

  1. I’m not a football fan but his achievements are incredible – nearly as incredible as his earnings! He has come a long way from San Antonio – I think I have the right location in Funchal?

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