All-time international scorer: “I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo – Ali Daei
“I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo says Ali Daei.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, who made a shock move back to Manchester United after leaving Juventus, missed a penalty but won the 2022 World Cup qualifier for his country with a dramatic late brace against the Republic of Ireland.
John Egan put the visitors 1-0 ahead on the stroke of half-time but Ronaldo equalised in the 89th minute with a header, moving clear of Ali Daei’s long-standing international goalscoring record in the process.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 110th international goal to overtake Iran’s Ali Daei, who has scored 109 goals in 149 appearances for his country.
“This record is mine and it is unique,” Ronaldo said after the match. “I’m extremely happy and it’s another one for my career. It’s about motivation and the desire I have to continue playing football, also from this last contract I made, in which I was happy to return home. If we get up every day with the ambition to motivate and do better, to make the fans and our children happy, that is essential.
“It’s another record for the museum.”
Ronaldo also made Euro history when he scored twice in Portugal’s opening group-stage game against Hungary to become the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 11 goals.
He became the first man to appear at five Euros, second overall only to Italy’s Carolina Morace who has appeared at six tournaments.
Ronaldo is the only man to score in five Euros, extending his own record.
Daei praised Cristiano at the time, writing on Instagram: “I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo – great champion of football and caring humanist who inspires and impacts lives throughout the world.”
Ronaldo wrote an emotional post on Instagram in which he reserved special praise for Daei.
“I can’t even start to express myself in words! I’m thrilled with an overwhelming sensation! Let’s go, Portugal! Let’s go!
“From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I’m defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of.
Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level, that at some point even I started thinking that I might never catch him. Congratulations to the “Shariar” for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.