- Cristiano Ronaldo has further strengthened his position as Europe’s all-time leading international marksman; he now has nine more goals than second-placed Ferenc Puskás following four goals against Lithuania in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.
Ronaldo first moved above Puskás by scoring the opener in Portugal’s 2018 FIFA World Cup game against Morocco. He added another three goals to his tally in the UEFA Nations League semi-final against Switzerland. The 34-year-old subsequently struck once in qualifying against Serbia on Saturday before registering four more in Vilnius.
Top scorer in UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 34
Top scorer in UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 9 (level with Michel Platini)
Scored in most UEFA European Championship final tournaments: 4
Most goals scored by a European in competitive internationals: 72
Most goals scored in European FIFA World Cup qualifying: 30
First goal in a UEFA Nations League Finals: v Switzerland (semi-finals, 05/06/2019, Porto) – and first hat-trick
Data correct as of 10 September 2019