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Cristiano Ronaldo marks record 200th Portugal appearance with last-minute winner

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Jun 20, 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo marks record 200th Portugal appearance with last-minute winner

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Cristiano Ronaldo marked his record-breaking 200th appearance for Portugal with a last-gasp winner against Iceland.

The Al Nassr star was named in the starting XI against Iceland, spearheading the attack alongside Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva.

Ronaldo scored the winner against Iceland in incredible circumstances

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Ronaldo scored the winner against Iceland in incredible circumstancesCredit: AFP
Ronaldo was awarded the record before kick-off

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Ronaldo was awarded the record before kick-offCredit: Getty

Pre-match Ronaldo was awarded a Guinness World Record accolade before kick-off for his landmark achievement where he becomes the first male player to ever make 200 international appearances.

And in true Ronaldo fashion, he marked the event with a last-minute winner when he tucked in Goncalo Inacio’s knockdown, making it a night to remember for the striker.

The cap is yet another an incredible achievement for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, whose career has been littered with spectacular achievements.

He is already the highest goalscorer in men’s international football with 123, his latest coming on Tuesday night, as well as being the only player to participate in five European Championships.

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Before kick-off, Ronaldo was over the moon to land his latest record.

He said: “Two hundred games played proves the love I have for my country.

Ronaldo has played 200 times for Portugal, a record amount

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Ronaldo has played 200 times for Portugal, a record amountCredit: AFP

“For me, it is an extremely important milestone. It means a lot. [Two hundred] is a beautiful number that [no men’s player] has.

“I’m very proud because this is something I never thought I could reach. And I’m continuing to set records.”

Portugal top their Euro 2024 qualifying group currently and there is every chance that Ronaldo could play in his sixth tournament.

The former Manchester United star has already won the competition when he lifted the trophy in 2016.

He also led the Selecao to victory in the inaugural Nations League three years later, where Goncalo Guedes scored the only goal in the final against the Netherlands.

However, if Ronaldo wanted to land the record for the outright most caps in football, he has some way to go.

Kristine Lilly is the record cap holder with 354 international appearances for the USA women’s side.

Ronaldo might have the record for the most international appearance in men's football but he is miles off the women's

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Ronaldo might have the record for the most international appearance in men’s football but he is miles off the women’sCredit: AFP

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