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How many goals and appearances has Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal?

Against Spain, the goalscoring ace took his European men’s record to 187 international caps for Portugal, the next being Sergio Ramos with 180.

Kieran Quaile
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How many goals and appearances has Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal?
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At 37 years of age, Cristiano Ronaldo is still at the peak of his powers, scoring goals with Manchester United and breaking records on the international stage.

International records for Portugal’s Ronaldo

Ronaldo made his Portugal debut in a friendly win (1-0) against Kazakhstan in August 2003. In the same year, he joined Manchester United from Sporting CP and almost two decades later, he is still leading his country out as captain. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner equalled Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals at Euro 2020 and then surpassed it with two goals against the Republic of Ireland last September, becoming the top international goalscorer of all time.

The records keep coming for Ronaldo. On Thursday he extended another European men’s record when he won his 187th international cap for Portugal, moving him further ahead of the previous high, that of 180 set by Sergio Ramos with Spain. In those 187 appearances for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 115 goals, an average of 0.61 goals per game.

This year’s World Cup in Qatar will probably be Ronaldo’s last. The furthest the forward reached with Portugal at a World Cup was the Seleção’s run to the semi-final in 2006 when France beat them before losing the third-place play-off against Germany.

Portugal draw with Spain

In the 2021-22 Premier League season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals in 30 games for Manchester United.

The 37-year-old was in Portugal’s squad for their Nations League match against Spain in Seville and came on in the latter stages to help his side earn a 1-1 draw. Portugal are in Group A2 with Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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