Cristiano Ronaldo is now the leading European goalscorer in international football history after scoring his 85th goal for Portugal in their 1-0 win over Morocco .
The Real Madrid star headed home the only goal of the game just four minutes in to his side’s clash with Morocco in Moscow, taking his tally to four strikes in the competition after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening game.
And that took him one ahead of Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas and into an outright second in the all-time international list, some 24 goals behind Iran icon Ali Daei.
Top goalscorers in international football history
1. Ali Daei (Iran) – 109
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 85
3. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) – 84
4. Kunishige Kamamoto – (Japan) – 80
5. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) – 79
Ronaldo will be eyeing the Golden Boot at this tournament after moving ahead of Russia’s Denis Cheryshev to take the outright lead.
He’s now scored his nation’s past five goals at World Cups, becoming the first player to do so since Russia’s Oleg Salenko in 1994.
Portugal went top of their group with the victory, which ensured that Morocco were the first team to be officially eliminated from the tournament.